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On the Town: Farmers market debuts its new location; Glendale Assistance League opens Thrift Alley

January 14, 2014|By Ruth Sowby
  • Happy with their macaroons are Downtown Glendale Market's first day customers: at left, Glendale neighbors Maricel Garcia, Be Salazar and Lucina Narciso.
Happy with their macaroons are Downtown Glendale Market's… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

Last Thursday was opening day of the revamped farmers market in Glendale as the Downtown Glendale Assn. assumed its management.

Not only was the market's name changed to the Downtown Glendale Market, but a move from North Brand Boulevard to a new venue was also in order. Every Thursday, the Downtown Glendale Market can be found in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Glendale, located at 209 N. Louise Street, between California and Wilson avenues.

Open rain or shine, the market, which opened at 9 a.m., brought out the hungry and the curious. Glendale neighbors Maricel Garcia, Be Salazar and Lucina Narciso strolled among more than two dozen certified organic farmers' booths.

They sampled goodies from booth offerings of prepared foods, fresh fish, pre-packaged foods, crafts and jewelry as well as artisan soap and lotions.

The booth the three stopped at was "Memory Lane Cuisine," owned by vendor Marguerite Duncan-Abrams, assisted by Cynthia Flores, a senior at Franklin High School.

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Duncan-Abrams, a former Glendale resident, sold Garcia, Salazar and Narciso three sacks of chocolate pecan macaroons for a grand total of $15. Accompanying their purchase was a $1 coupon good for a future purchase.

Duncan-Abrams assured her customers that her bakery goods are all made from her family's recipes, hence the "Memory Lane" moniker. The recipes begin with her great-grandmothers' baking in the 1890s all the way up to specialties by Duncan-Abrams' daughter. The chocolate pecan macaroon recipe comes from Duncan-Abrams' mother.

Duncan-Abrams is new to the Downtown Glendale Market. She was invited to join based on her good reputation developed as a vendor at the South Pasadena and Old Pasadena markets.

She is a moneymaker. She estimates that in Pasadena she would sell between 80 to150 packaged goodies in a morning. All packages are $5. She expects that her $750 maximum amount will be exceeded in Glendale because the market's hours are longer — from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A double booth was set up by members of the parking-lot host, First Baptist Church of Glendale. Senior Pastor Matt Andrews took advantage of the market's crowd on the first day to garner donations for the church's food pantry. Members of the Senior Fellowship passed out tiny, handmade gift boxes.

Watch for the Downtown Glendale Market every Thursday.

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