BRAWLEY – On a sun-bathed Saturday, the citizens of Brawley enjoyed another downtown farmerâ€™s market, which became a sprawling marketplace with vendors not just from Brawley, but the community as a whole.
Downtown Brawley became the nexus for enterprising vendors displaying their home made goods, from local farmers bringing a wide arrangement of homegrown organic fruits and vegetables, to hand-made bags and rugs from India.
The market was not restricted to the selling of local goods, there was an array of local talent as musicians from Brawley High School Jazz Band conducted by Amy Dailey performed a set, along with mariachi music performed by more Brawley High students, and Mexican folkloric dancing. Topping the music off were local musicians preforming original compositions.
Students from Art Garciaâ€™s â€œShorin-Ryu Shorinkanâ€ Karate dojo executed their impressive skills as Garcia explained the meaning of each stance his students preformed in perfect unison.
â€œThe whole idea is to get people downtown to the new Artsâ€™ District, and to have events that will bring people here.â€ said Rosemarie Wood, executive director of the North County Coalition for the Arts.
The next Brawley Farmerâ€™s Market will be held on April 11, at the South Plaza.
â€œWe will have a lot of other vendors that will be there from 10 â€“ 2, followed by a Caesar Chavez celebration.â€ added Wood.
The Brawley Chamber of Commerce sponsors the farmerâ€™s markets held on the second.