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By Melanie Hicken, | June 27, 2011
MONTROSE — In the months since imposing strict oversight measures that spurred allegations of embezzlement, the weekly Montrose farmers market has brought in more money so far than was expected for the entire year, according to a recent budget report. As of March 3, the market had brought in an average of roughly $600 per week and was forecast to lose $52,000 this year. Three months later, reported revenues jumped more than 500% to an average of $4,000 each week, according to a fiscal report prepared by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., which operates the market.
February 6, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The La Canada Flintridge City Council is lukewarm on the idea of a farmers' market coming to town. In a special meeting Monday night to discuss the issue, the council members agreed unanimously to pass the idea to the La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. If the chamber is interested in having a farmers' market, it can initiate it, Councilwoman Deborah Orlik said. The decision to pass the market idea on to the chamber was made in large part because of the recent decision by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
February 8, 2002
Karen S. Kim MONTROSE -- The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. is just a few steps away from finalizing plans to replace the terminated Montrose Family Festival with a farmers' market on Sundays. "We're just waiting for the contracts to be signed," said Lori Flagg, president of the association. "We're very pleased with what we think it will be." What it will be is an "upscale" farmers' market stretching one block on Honolulu Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays starting April 7, Flagg said.
March 8, 2002
Karen S. Kim MONTROSE -- The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. on Thursday worked out the last perceived kink in its plans to replace the Montrose Family Festival with a farmers' market on Sundays. Members voted to hire Mark Sheridan as the manager, rather than the operator, of the market. The vote made way for Sheridan to sign the final contracts with the shopping park. Sheridan is the promoter of the Montecito farmers' market near Santa Barbara.
March 12, 2003
Janine Marnien Residents could buy fresh flowers and produce at a farmers' market as early as May, the executive director of the La Canada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. said. A kickoff date for the first Saturday market is tentatively set for May 3, Schuyler Sprowles said. The market would be on the Beulah Drive extension, north of Foothill Boulevard. An informational meeting was held Monday with neighboring residents, who were pleased with the prospect of having a farmers' market within walking distance, Jennifer Rudisill said.
February 7, 2002
I want to take a moment to correct a notion inadvertently presented in your article "Council won't decide on farmers' market." You refer to Montrose as having ended "its farmers' market in November." The implication is that Montrose had a farmers' market and dropped it. I believe it is important to point out that Montrose, in actuality the Montrose Shopping Park Assn., did not cancel its farmers' market, because it did not have a farmers' market. What our association had for four years was a family festival.
October 8, 2001
I normally do not write letters to the editor. But the reader response in the Friday (Sept. 28) Community Forum, written by John Drayman of Montrose, skewers the truth. The truth is that the merchants who make up the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. made a unilateral decision to cancel the current contract with the management of this farmers' market/family festival because, as reported in last week's articles, the merchants were losing money. This is the root cause of their decision.
November 19, 2001
We're all real sorry to see the clown lady from the Montrose fair go away. As for her boss who ran the show, I hope he never comes back. As a longtime resident, I am looking forward to a real farmers' market in our village, free from pathetic-looking fruit that seems to only be in season in Montrose and Chile. So long, Montrose fair, with your garbage on our front lawns, congested parking, filthy, grime-stained streets, blazing amplified music on school nights, animal feces and wine smells that never go away, hot seething porta-toilets in the sun perfuming our local stores, choking clouds of smoke wrecking goods inside stores, junk vendors, swap meet merchandise, desecration of our war memorial, obnoxious sloppy employees ogling our children, and hordes of flies, ants and roaches working overtime on our sidewalks.
By Mary O'Keefe | February 2, 2007
The weather may be warming, however the effects of the recent freeze lingers. During a visit last Saturday to the farmers' market in La Cañada shoppers may not have seen extreme effects of the agricultural devastation, but, according to growers, they will. "I have a lot of friends that have been devastated," said Rick Nickolas of Nickolas Farms. Nickolas sat behind his table at the La Cañada farmers' market on Saturday, cutting samples of oranges for his customers. His farm is in Orange Cove in Fresno County.
April 28, 2014
Good morning readers and welcome to Monday. As you get ready for the week ahead, check out these headlines from around the region:  Deloreans, the Jetsons and remote-controlled robots were a few of the glimpses into the future featured in the 33rd annual Burbank on Parade, which took place Saturday morning along Olive Avenue. Burbank Leader The City Council approved a 220-unit residential project at the city's southwestern edge this week,  despite the developer falling short of prior direction from the dais  to reduce density.
By Ruth Sowby | January 14, 2014
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.
By Tim Traeger, | December 27, 2013
The Glendale Farmers Market on Brand Boulevard is turning over a new leaf under new management. On Jan. 9, some of the 15 to 17 merchants who had been selling produce and sundries along Brand Boulevard between Wilson Avenue and Broadway for more than 21 years will move to the parking lot at First Baptist Church, located along the east side of Maryland Avenue, north of Wilson.  Although many merchants said they have pedaled their wares along...
By Brittany Levine, | December 20, 2013
Both the downtown Glendale and Old Town Montrose promotional groups are planning to have new offerings and healthy budgets next year. According to reports presented to the City Council at a meeting this week, the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. is set to add five more “Special Saturdays,” which include bands on nearly every block of the shopping park on Honolulu Avenue and vendors who do face painting, spa events and other activities geared toward weekend shoppers. Meanwhile, the Downtown Glendale Assn.
December 13, 2013
I had the privilege and honor of serving the farmers as the manager of the Glendale Certified Farmers Market for the past 13 years. Twenty-one years ago, the city of Glendale hired Gretchen Stirling to start one of the very first farmers markets in the Southland, right in plain view on Brand Boulevard. One of the unique aspects of the Glendale Farmers Market was that the city's intent was not to make money, per se, but rather to bring people into the downtown so they'd shop at the restaurants and other stores as well.
By Daniel Siegal, | October 23, 2013
The Glendale Farmers Market is moving to a new location in the new year, and the Downtown Glendale Assn. confirmed its plans to take over management of the market in 2014. Tim Gallagher, spokesman for the association, said beginning on the first Thursday of January, the market will move into the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Glendale at Maryland Avenue just above Wilson Avenue. The market is currently located on a busy stretch of sidewalk on Brand Boulevard. “It's a fairly generous parking lot, there's room for 100 or so vendors,” he said.
By Daniel Siegal, | October 14, 2013
The city's farmers market has enough money to operate through the end of next year, now that Glendale officials have authorized $20,000 to continue its operation, but a management change for the market may be on the horizon. The market brings a collection of vendors who sell fresh fruit, vegetables and other produce to a stretch of Brand Boulevard from Wilson Avenue to Broadway each Thursday. The decision was made on Tuesday in a 5-0 vote by City Council members in their role as the city's Successor Agency, which handles the obligations of the city's redevelopment agency.
By Brittany Levine, | February 7, 2013
When former Councilman John Drayman didn't turn in money he collected from the Montrose Harvest Market on time, that should have been a warning sign that something was amiss, said an accountant who spoke to market officials about improving their financial practices. “Obviously, the fact that he didn't make deposits in a timely manner should have been a red light” even though Drayman was a trusted person, said Pasadena accountant Steven Fishman at the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
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