The farmer behind the food

BERKELEY, Calif. — Annabelle Lenderink can be found at the same place almost every Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., she and her employees sell a variety of fresh produce at the Ecology Center’s farmers’ market in downtown Berkeley.  After a cool summer with little rain, Lenderink returned to the market for the first…

Farmers’ market: Not just for produce

BERKELEY, Calif. — The latest craze of consuming fresh food from local markets is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, and Berkeley is no exception. The organic lifestyle is appealing to larger crowds, making farmers busy, if not overwhelmed. Not only is the quality of the produce, fish and bakery items attracting new fans, but the local farms make it a trusted way of…

The market: An eclectic mix

  “My experience at the market is rushed,” says Thea, a frequenter of the Berkeley Farmers’ Market downtown on Center Street. “I come here every Saturday I can make, before work.” Thea does her grocery shopping here and she is very much apart of a growing movement for fresher, healthy food. She said, “It’s not so…

Markets draw a crowd

Four times a week, people from all over gather in Berkeley for one reason: to shop. Instead of designer-name stores stand canopies that sell fresh produce, flowers and even those much-needed morning coffees. The Farmers’ Market in Berkeley has been active since 1987 and it has been bringing the community together ever since. The shoppers are…

Farmers’ market comes ‘full circle’

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Maevey family  skips the supermarket. They come to the Berkeley Farmers’ Market to shop for their groceries and to teach their daughter, Shannon, how to be healthy, they said. They are trying to turn an ordinary trip to the grocery store into a fun and educational family event. When first approached and…

A greener revolution

BERKELEY, Calif. — It was another busy day for the local farmers at the Farmers’ Market in downtown Berkeley. Despite the  cloudy weather, more than 30 stands were dutifully set up in an orderly fashion, all displaying a colorful array of naturally grown food and produce. In particular, the farmers from Blossum Bluff Orchards drew…

Berkeley’s farmers’ market: What keeps them coming?

BERKELEY, Calif. — The enticing smells of baked goods and pastries, jams and preserves and cultural foods are enough to have you running toward the white tents of the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, which on Saturdays fills Center Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The flavorful nectarines, strawberries and plums have consumers buying by the pound. An amateur at…

The original organic: Berkeley’s farmers’ market

BERKELEY, Calif. – Farmers’ markets have become a recent fad in many major cities within the U.S.  Ben Feldman, however, doesn’t do it because it is popular, nor has he just been doing them recently.  Since 1987, Feldman, program manager of the Ecology Center, has been running multiple farmers’ markets throughout the city, both on different days…