Calexico Hosts Market Day for Locals Who Shop Smart

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Entrepreneur Brooks Hamby promises consumers they will have wheatgrass, pea shoots, radish and sunflower greens in as little as 10 days during the Calexico Market Days held Saturday.

CALEXICO – Eating and living well just got a whole lot simpler for Calexico residents who took the opportunity to purchase a simply green box from Home Greens Saturday morning during the Calexico Market Days hosted by city’s recreations department.

Based out of Brawley, entrepreneur Brooks Hamby manned his first stand since his business opened in December, promoting freshness and quality foods to homes across America, as simply as possible.

“This is the perfect way to show people what my company has to offer and have a good time while talking about the product,” said Hamby.

At a cost of $20, and in a mere ten days, those who purchased the item will have incredible greens, including wheatgrass, pea shoots, radish and sunflower greens, ready to use in their kitchens for delicious and healthy meals, according to Hamby.

“I’m excited to see the ending results,” said Marcy Lopez. “If the greens look like the ones in the stand, I don’t think I even want to touch them. They will look beautiful as decor.”

Shoppers also found unique items of jewelry, candles, books, handmade natural soaps, face products, perfumes, crochet accessories, and a variety of food offered at other stands.

Local produce donated by two local farms, Vessey & Company, Inc. and Heger Farms, was also available for purchase including cilantro, cabbage, coli flour, parsley, broccoli, red kale and various fruits.

Community Service Director Sandra Tauler’s main goal during the Market Days is to give the community the opportunity to purchase local organic produce at low prices. All monies earned are used to maintain the farmer’s market throughout the season, according to Tauler.

“It’s a good way to spend our morning doing a little bit of walking exercise while shopping for good quality produce we need at home,” said Carmen Ulloa, a Calexico resident.

Folks also enjoyed listening to music while shopping and some even took the opportunity to dance while the kids jumped in a bouncer with everyone seeming to have a good time.

“I enjoy coming here and looking through the stuff people sell and of course buying my veggies,” said Calexico resident Rosa Cano. “It’s unbelievable how much we are paying for vegetables right now, so I am taking advantage and buying enough for two weeks.”

Calexico Market Days is held once a month during good weather. The next event is titled, How Does Your Garden Grow and is scheduled for February 27 10 – 2 p.m.

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