I moved to Anahiem in October last year and I have been slowly exploring local shops and finding new things to do downtown. My favorite place to walk around is a couple blocks away from my apartment in downtown Anahiem off of Center street in The Center St Promenade . I recently discovered that there is a Famers Market every Thursday from 11 AM to 4pm. At the event you will find live music, local grown produce, delicious food, crafts, local business vendors and much more.
The original Downtown Anaheim Certified Farmers’ Market was established in 1995 and it is a place where consumers can buy directly from certified California growers. It is a not for profit organization that focuses on community outreach. Proceeds from the Downtown Anaheim CFM supplement community events in Downtown Anaheim, such as the quarterly Art Crawl Experience, the Flag Day Celebration (June) and the Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village (December).
Last week I spent the afternoon walking up and down the market talking to a couple local vendors and learning about their business and how they got started. I wanted to share a few of my findings!
First stop: The Poisoned Apples- Hand Craft Caramels
This stand is located on the East Side of Center street. Here you will find owners Jeff and Lisa Wallace who make some decadent sweet and salty treats you must try if you have a sweet tooth. From hand crafted caramel chocolate covered apples to handmade shortbread, their treats are all gourmet goodness. Customers say that their treats are “Dangerously Delicious” and it couldn’t be more true. When you taste them, you will crave them and want to try more and more of their flavors. You have been warned!
Their business came into fruition when Lisa decided to make her hand crafted treats for their wedding. After that Lisa was able to grow her passion and expanded to ETSY and started to sell more and more at local farmers markets. They now have been selling online for years and offer custom orders and you can even have them create favors for you wedding or event!
My favorite was the dark chocolate shortbread caramel. If you like TWIX brand candies, this is like that but so much more. Inside the Carmel piece, you have a buttery shortbread with a thick layer of gooey caramel which is encased inside smooth and rich dark chocolate and my favorite touch- its topped with black sea salt. Make sure to check them out and grab a couple extra treats for a friend!
Second stop: Scoundrel’s Sweets & Suds
Laura is the founder of Scoundrel’s Sweets & Suds. They make small batch, hand crafted artisan soaps, health & beauty products, and candies. Laura has been in the industry almost 2 years and has a passion for what she does. Laura is self taught and first started making soap when she was looking for a soap that would help sooth her eczema. Her soaps are made with all natural ingredients and aromatic essential oils. She currently grows her own lavender and as her business expands her hopes are to buy more land so she can grow more herbs for her product.
I took home a couple of bars and my favorite was the activated charcoal bar. Activated charcoal has been getting a lot off attention lately as used in acne products to draw out impurities, heal pimples, and prevent further breakouts. My skin felt so refreshed and soft after using her bar.
Next Up: Eco Yardscapes
At the farmers market I met President and Designer for Eco Yardscapes Brendan Dellerba who had a beautiful display of succulents and other items. Everyone has been going a little bit crazy for succulents this past year, including myself. From wedding decorations to coffee table accessories, lets face it, I am a obsessed with these little guys!
Eco Yardscapes is based out of Costa Mesa and they specialize in creating unique handcrafted planter and terrariums. Ecco Yardscapes is proud to be growing the majority of their succulents themselves which keeps the look unique and a lower cost to customers!
Their booth was pretty busy throughout the day but Brendan was more than able to answer all my questions about succulents and it might be because he has B.S. Ornamental Horticulture! I admit, I am guilty of killing a couple of plants in the past that I bought from the grocery store but I found out after talking with Brendan they my succulents died because I was a bit too generous with the water! Confident and armed with new knowledge, I took home a new little guy which is Echeveria ‘Perle! With this purchase, like all purchases when you work with their company, he promised me that if i had any issues he’d be there for me!
Check out the variety they have here
The people behind it all + More Events in Downtown Anahiem:
On my way out I saw a gentlemen standing in the booth smiling and waving to visitors. I decided to stop and chat for a bit and I learned about how the Center Street farmers market was started and their plans to grow the community outreach program!
- Farmers Park Market is relaunching this May, 2016, at Anaheim Packing District. This fresh Southern California certified farmers’ market will take place on Fridays from 4:00pm until 8:00pm and is right next door to the historic Anaheim Packing House.
The Yoga Mat Studio – This is the local studio that i visit all the time and i love it! Free community classes on Saturdays at 12pm from January 9th till April 30th, 2016. These are donation based classes and subject to cancellation on rainy days and other bad weather – please check our schedule for cancellations before heading out!
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