Fresh produce and a festive atmosphere are calling people to farmers markets in Glendale and Burbank, which are just hitting their seasonal stride as peaches, melons and avocados come in from around the region.
Business is solid at the Harvest Market in the Montrose Shopping Park, said John Drayman, Glendale city councilman and founding director of the Sunday market on Honolulu Avenue.
Drayman said sales are up more than 10% over late last year and in early 2010, with 5,000 visitors each week walking among the farm stands, craft and book stalls, grilled food kiosks and a children's' play area.
On Sunday, sellers reported a range of impacts from the heat wave that snapped Friday.
Cesar Gutierrez said the Hass avocados his uncle grows in Fallbrook made it to market more quickly. "It ripens faster," Gutierrez said. " We had to bring it out faster to the people."
Carole Youngblood said the hot streak had little effect on her family's 10 varieties of peaches in Littlerock, near Palmdale. Instead, the cooler-than-usual summer slowed the pace, pushing the peach harvest back about two weeks.