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Hand woven baskets bring culture to Brimhall Farmers Market

13 May

Photo of Carrie Sandles selling the baskets she buys from South African women.

Photo of Carrie Sandles selling the baskets she buys from South African women.

On my recent trip to the Brimhall Farmers Market I interviewed a woman who sells hand woven baskets made in South Africa.

My Three Thai’s Offer Steamy Delights

30 Apr

Some of the best food in Bakersfield is found at “The Blue Elephant, Finest Authentic Thai Cuisine,”  located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy, Suite M-1.  Their food delights new customers,and old customers alike. You can order online for pick up at http://www.blue-elephant.net or call order to go at (661) 833-8190.

Located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy Suite M-1, Bakersfield CA 93311.

Located at 8200 Stockdale Hwy Suite M-1, Bakersfield CA 93311. (661) 833-8190

The aroma from  Garlic,Yellow Curry with Tofu, and Chicken Fried Rice fills the air.

                                           The aroma of Yellow Curry with Tofu, and Chicken, Garlic Fried Rice fills the air.
 
Mango Sticky Rice is Succulent Summer Hit

Mango Sticky Rice is a Succulent Summer Delight

Steve and Birdie Del Papa enjoy Chicken Pad Thai and Chicken Basil. A glass of Merlot wine and Mango Sticky Rice for Dessert topped the evening meal.

Great wine, food and atmosphere.

Great wine, food and atmosphere.

Another fine Thai Restaurant is The Orchid Thai Restaurant. Located at 5550 California Avenue, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309. They have been in this new location for just over one year. Their specialties include Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, Roasted Scottish Salmon, and Seafood Inferno. Orders can be placed online at: http://www.orchidfusioncuisine.com.

New location is 5550 California Ave, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309

New location is 5550 California Ave, #106, Bakersfield, CA 93309 (661) 864-7979

Chicken Pad Thai is a favorite at most Thai Restaurants. Pad Thai consists of glass noodles, seasoned with delicate herbs and delicious peanut sauce.

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Famous for their decadent desserts, Red Velvet Cake is a favorite at The Thai Orchid.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Last but not least is The Thai Kitchen located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312

(661) 589-8678

Thai Kitchen serves authentic Thai cuisine.

Thai Kitchen serves authentic Thai cuisine. Located at 9901 Hageman Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93312

Steamed Veggies and Tofu.

Steamed Veggies and Tofu

Carlos A. Hernandez enjoys his favorite Chicken Pad Thai.

Carlos A. Hernandez enjoys his favorite Chicken Pad Thai.

The restaurant is open for Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

A great selection of red or white wine is available.

A great selection of red or white wine is available.

Eating Healthy Everyday will keep the Doctor Away!

29 Apr
This is one of the two main entrances to the Kaiser Permanente Farmer's Market. This Market is located on the Ming Medical Office Building, 8800 Ming Avenue. The Market is open every Sunday from 9 am until 2pm and has a variety of options to choose from. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This is one of the two main entrances to the Kaiser Permanente Farmer’s Market. This Market is located on the Ming Medical Office Building, 8800 Ming Avenue. The Market is open every Sunday from 9 am until 2pm and has a variety of options to choose from. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This is an example of one of the booth's that offers all types of citrus fruits. The Farmer's Market is home to many of the local growers and local bakers on the weekends who are in competition with the large chain grocery stores and the large produce companies who provide for the grocery stores. It is important they get as many local customers as they can to compete with these larger companies. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This is an example of one of the booth’s that offers all types of citrus fruits. The Farmer’s Market is home to many of the local growers and local bakers on the weekends who are in competition with the large chain grocery stores and the large produce companies who provide for the grocery stores. It is important they get as many local customers as they can to compete with these larger companies. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This is a great shot showing how much work goes into setting up these local vendor's booths each Sunday. They set their items up to appeal to their customers and they always have plenty of stock available. Presentation is very, very important for each vendor to set their booth apart and draw their customers in. Onions are especially important to many chefs or customers who love to cook. Having plenty of variety and a good selection will help the booth survive against large competition. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This is a great shot showing how much work goes into setting up these local vendor’s booths each Sunday. They set their items up to appeal to their customers and they always have plenty of stock available. Presentation is very, very important for each vendor to set their booth apart and draw their customers in. Onions are especially important to many chefs or customers who love to cook. Having plenty of variety and a good selection will help the booth survive against large competition. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

Here is a great example of the quality of all the different vegetables this particular vendor offers. This picture gives you readers an idea of how fresh the veggies in the picture are. The sugar peas, cauliflower and green onions are all freshly grown, picked, and can be found at the Farmer's Market every weekend! How great to be able to talk to the grower and distributor directly to be reassured of your veggies quality! (Photo Credit: Elise  Cabral)

Here is a great example of the quality of all the different vegetables this particular vendor offers. This picture gives you readers an idea of how fresh the veggies in the picture are. The sugar peas, cauliflower and green onions are all freshly grown, picked, and can be found at the Farmer’s Market every weekend! How great to be able to talk to the grower and distributor directly to be reassured of your veggies quality! (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This picture shows a local customer buying one of the main products for sale. Here you can see him purchasing the BBQ sauce and the sign underneath it showing the price of each indivdidual bottle. Many times, the vendors set up deals such as if you buy in bulk, the price goes down for each bottle. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

This picture shows a local customer buying one of the main products for sale. Here you can see him purchasing the BBQ sauce and the sign underneath it showing the price of each indivdidual bottle. Many times, the vendors set up deals such as if you buy in bulk, the price goes down for each bottle. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

Here is an action shot of Todd Hendrix, 27, purchasing his goods from Grand Affair Foods and Catering. On the left, Ali Eggert, 20, and on the right, Rylee Montana, 14, help Hendrix out on picking his product and informing him about their company. They specialize in BBQ sauces, salad dressings, and cookies. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

Here is an action shot of Todd Hendrix, 27, purchasing his goods from Grand Affair Foods and Catering. On the left, Ali Eggert, 20, and on the right, Rylee Montana, 14, help Hendrix out on picking his product and informing him about their company. They specialize in BBQ sauces, salad dressings, and cookies. (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

Hendrix leaving the Farmer's Market. There is roughly 15-25 booths each owned and operated by local vendors at each Farmer's Market. This ensures variety and is a great reason to spend your Sunday supporting the local farmers and bakers of Bakersfield! (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

Hendrix leaving the Farmer’s Market. There is roughly 15-25 booths each owned and operated by local vendors at each Farmer’s Market. This ensures variety and is a great reason to spend your Sunday supporting the local farmers and bakers of Bakersfield! (Photo Credit: Elise Cabral)

“The Good, The Bad and The Judges,” Tour at Historic Union Cemetery Fascinates Public

28 Apr
"THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE JUDGES," TOUR AT HISTORIC UNION CEMETERY FACINATES ALL AGES.

“THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE JUDGES,” TOUR AT HISTORIC UNION CEMETERY FASCINATES ALL AGES.

Tours of the Historic Union Cemetery and more information on their events can be found at http://www.UnionCemetery1872.com

COL. THOMAS BAKER'S OBELISK EXEMPLIFIES HIS DEDICATION TO MAKING BAKERSFIELD LIVE FOR ETERNITY.

COL. THOMAS BAKER’S OBELISK EXEMPLIFIES HIS DEDICATION TO MAKING BAKERSFIELD LIVE FOR ETERNITY.

Judge Banjamin Brundage (1834-1911) was instrumental in relocating Kern County's seat from Havilah to Bakersfield.

Judge Benjamin Brundage (1834-1911) was instrumental in relocating Kern County’s seat from Havilah to Bakersfield.

A stroll through the emerald golf course grounds of Union Cemetery Saturday morning, April 27, for “The Good, The Bad, and The Judges,” tour was fascinating. It was a special tour of the Pioneers Section where Bakersfield’s founding fathers are buried.The City of Bakersfield is named after Col. Thomas Baker, who was an attorney, a judge, and served as a senator from Fresno and Tulare counties 1861-1862. He loved the land and with Harvey Brown, bought swamp land in 1863 that is now Bakersfield.  He is one of ‘The Good,” as well as one of “The Judges”. His profound knowledge and foresight was instrumental in the creation and promotion of Bakersfield and the welfare if it’s residents.

Benjamin Brundage, (1834-1911) was Bakersfield’s first Superior Court Judge. The original Kern County seat of government was in Havilah, but Brundage fought hard to have the seat of government permanently moved to Bakersfield.  Brundage Lane is named in his honor.

Ralph shot Horace Montague December 1, 1915. He was hanged to death at San Quentin January, 1, 1915.RALPH M. FARISS, IS ONE OF THE “BAD” (1889-1915).

Peggy Schrader tells tour group about the infamy of one of  Bakersfield’s trouble makers, Ralph M. Ferris (1889-1915). Ralph, a resident of Bakersfield, was hanged in San Quentin in 1915 after he committed a train robbery in which  he shot and killed Horace E. Montague, December 1, 1913 near El Monte, CA. 
        VICK DOCENT DESCRIBES SHOOT OUT BETWEEN PERCY DOUGLAS AND CHIEF EDWIN L. WILLOW.

VICKI SCHALLOCK DESCRIBES SHOOT OUT BETWEEN ANOTHER “BAD”– PERCY DOUGLAS AND THE “GOOD” CHIEF EDWIN L. WILLOW.
 
EDWIN L. WILLOW WAS A MAN WHO WORE MANY HATS--OWNER OF WILLOW FURNITURE, DEPUTY SHERIFF, AND FIRE CHIEF

EDWIN L. WILLOW WAS A MAN WHO WORE MANY HATS–OWNER OF WILLOW FURNITURE, DEPUTY SHERIFF, AND FIRE CHIEF.

UNION CEMETERY IS 141 YEARS OLD, AND PRESENTLY UNDERGOING RECONSTRUCTION

UNION CEMETERY IS 141 YEARS OLD, AND PRESENTLY UNDERGOING RECONSTRUCTION.

LAST YEAR THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD DECLARED UNION CEMETERY A HISTORIC SITE--RENOVATIONS ARE UNDERWAY

LAST YEAR THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD DECLARED UNION CEMETERY A HISTORIC SITE–RENOVATIONS ARE UNDERWAY.

GROUNDS KEEPER, ROBERT GALAVIZ TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN RESTORING THE BEAUTY TO UNION CEMETERY.

GROUNDS KEEPER, ROBERT GALAVIZ TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN RESTORING THE BEAUTY TO UNION CEMETERY.

JIM DOCENT WELCOMES VISITORS TO UNION CEMETERY.

JIM MCCONNELL WELCOMES VISITORS TO UNION CEMETERY.

As one of the grave stones reads:

 “ Reader, Behold! As you pass by, As you are now, So once was I, As I am now, so you must be, Prepare for death and follow me.”

A Healthy and Fun Way to Spend Your Saturday!

19 Apr
Out of fun ideas to do on your weekend off? How about switching up your boring grocery shopping routine and making a fun afternoon out of it! Next time you are about to visit one of your local grocery stores, post pone that trip until every Saturday during the year to visit our Bakersfield Farmer’s Market! A Farmer’s Market is usually held outdoors, in public spaces, where farmers can sell produce directly to the public. This market is geared towards making a fun place for family members and friends to spend a relaxing afternoon getting healthy, fresh goods in the beautiful sunshine. Bakersfield’s Brimhall Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday on 9500 Brimhall Road starting at 9 a.m. and it doesn’t finish until 1 p.m.

This is a photo of the Bakersfield Farmer's Market open to public every Saturday afternoon. The Market is located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway. (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brimhallmarket)

This is a photo of the Bakersfield Farmer’s Market open to public every Saturday afternoon. The Market is located on the corner of Brimhall and Calloway. (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/brimhallmarket)

In Kern County our number of Farmer’s Markets has tripled since 2003 to last year’s count of 18. Nationwide there has been a steady upward climb to 7,175,  to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kern County’s Farmer’s Market is thriving, floundering and has been providing service to the public for 30 years now, and they are open to the public year round. The goods these market’s offer include a variety of items: fresh, honey, fish, poultry, okra, plums, tomatoes, black berries, cherries, blueberries, melons, peaches, cheeses, juices, jams, freshly made artisan bread, healthy snacks, and holistic dog treats. It is such a great atmosphere to come out even just to walk around and enjoy the afternoon. I personally love watching customers swapping recipes for their peach salsa or their grandma’s secret, fresh apple pie. The time slot on Saturday mornings is considered a prime slot for publicity and visibility to the public. Farmer’s are usually willing to make deals for buying in bulk and will heavily discount as the end of the market approaches. That is something you can’t do at your local grocery store and that helps keep the steady line of customers coming back every Saturday. “Government programs also encourage farmers’ market attendance among low-income residents. Each year, the USDA provides WIC with a limited number of checks that can be used like cash at markets with approved vendors.” (Kelli Schmitt, Bakersfield Californian) This helps ensure that the Farmer’s Market is readily available to anyone who is willing to spice up their grocery shopping and come out on a sunny afternoon on their weekend off to enjoy some authentic, locally grown veggies, produce, and more!

Bakersfield Culture Sizzles as Art and Theatre Celebrate 10 years at “The Empty Space”

14 Apr
"Kreative Allusions," by John Kirkeby

“Kreative Allusions,” by John Kirkeby-photo by Wanda Winkler

Bakersfield Culture Sizzles as The Empty Space Art Gallery/Theatre Celebrates Ten Years The Empty Space theatre and art gallery, located at 706 Oak St., is a cultural icon in Bakersfield. It is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary with an exhibit from John Kirkeby called, “Kreative Allusions” and a play called, “Crimes of the Heart,” written by Beth Henley and directed by Bob Kempf. Gallery director, Jesus Fidel, 30, prides the theatre/gallery as beng, “the only totally nonprofit, donation based theatre/gallery in the U.S. run by 20 volunteers 365 days a year,” said Fidel. Each month a different artist is featured in the art gallery and a different play is presented to the public. The plays are usually locally written or off-Broadway shows, with suggested donations of $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors per theatre show. Visiting the gallery exhibit is free and delicious snacks, coffee and wine is available. While the artist reception hours are between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends, the plays take place in the evenings on weekends. For a schedule of this month’s showings and future events go to www.esonline.org. John Kirkeby, retired from Xerox ten years ago, now has more time to be creative. He is celebrating his second showing at The Empty Space. “I really like the casual atmosphere at this gallery. For my first exhibit I was really nervous and brought 41 paintings and sold only a few. This year I have 21 paintings and they are selling very well,” said Kirkeby. He also has many prints of his artwork to choose from for sale at the gallery. If you are artistic and would like to exhibit your work to the public you can contact Michelle Guerrero, 35, the marketing director at (661) 327-7529. Both Guerrero and Fidel have been with The Empty Space for three years and are always available to answer any questions. If you love art you can also go to the Bakersfield Museum of Art website, www.bmoa.org for more information on  Bakersfield’s hidden art treasures.