Every Sunday at sunrise, dedicated vendors of the Claremont Farmers and Artisans Market set up their awnings and prepare for sale.
Colorful goods ornament the avenue, as crates of freshly harvested produce and buckets of lush green plants are arranged for display.
Along with the multi-colored theme are lively arts and crafts, carefully set upon stands at the far end of the produce section adding to the appeal of the farmer’s market.
With help of the fall breeze, the aroma of garden-fresh flowers expands through the air and draws in the morning crowd. Little would consumers know that recently caught fish are being sold in the same market.
There are roughly 20 stands making up the market, all with a variety of products to offer. Some goods are as interesting and unique as honey sticks and homemade yarn.
The market gives local farmers and artists the opportunity to sell their produce and artwork, as well as to bring the community together.
“I’ve been coming with my partner to the farmers market for two months now,” Glendale resident Raul Sinense said. “Everyone is very nice. The Claremont community is great. We’re from Glendale, but we pass by here all the time.”
On the first Sunday of every month, a Claremont city council member sits at a stand to speak to the community about a wide range of topics.
“The farmers market has been here for six years now,” Sam Pedroza, a councilman for the city of Claremont, said. “Our regulars, who make the market part of their day to buy their produce and plants, come early in the morning, and later is the passer-buyers. Mostly it is regulars who come every Sunday.”
The weekly market is sponsored by The Claremont Forum, a non-profit organization that believes in building lives through programs focusing on arts, education and wellness. Vendors are found by the individuals in each sector of the market; Oscar DeLeon of the produce section and Kathy Spears of the arts and crafts section.
“I love the Claremont community and the vendors here at the farmers market,” Peter Gee, a ceramic artist from Glendale, said. “I went to Pitzer College so I am familiar with the area. I have connections here. Kathy Spears runs my section and we hit it off.”
The Claremont Forum also sponsors the Prison Library Project, which also had a stand at the market selling used books. The Prison Library Project is a volunteer organization who supplies reading material to inmates nationwide.
The market is a California Certified Farmers’ Market, which means the government checks to make sure that the farmers grow the produce they are selling and abide by state agricultural rules.
The farmers and artisans market is held every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Indian Hill Avenue and Second Avenue in the Claremont Village and attracts residents from Claremont and neighboring communities alike.
Aisha Gonzales can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.