Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Friday Night Delight - Monrovia Street Fair

Sometimes Friday night relaxing means something a little less blurry than hitting the bar. As out-of-ordinary as it may seem for a two gals to hit up a farmers market during happy hour, that's just what we did. As if that setting alone isn't off-the-wall enough, Ashley's response to my invitation was "Yeah sure, I need to buy some incense"..... Southern California is stage to many a farmer's market - so off we went to the charming little Down Town Monrovia, and the Monrovia Street Fair/Farmers Market.

It was a chilly night - but I still wore a green cotton mullet-skirt, white tank, and jean jacket, and Ash wore black skinny jeans and a hott-pink v neck T. We were ready with our cash!

We skipped the gargantuan moon bounce and pony ride (next time - it's HAPPENING) and headed straight for the fashion section.  I came upon this unique little booth with vintage looking shorts and tops! This vendor has a shop in Claremont called The Grove Vintage (Clothing & Exchange.)

I spy Bat-Dog!

Now when I think of street fairs I think FOOD - and more specifically SAMPLES. We loaded up on Honey Sticks - about 30 flavors, 5 for a dollar I think.... and pondered a loose-tea purchase.

Now if you go to a farmers market, make sure you hit up all the local growers and culinary delights before dinner time; after samples, I downed a yummy chicken green chili and cheese tamale - and some carne asada tacos from the local Ruby's Mexican Food Vendors.

I bought three dips (After sampling about 7 of them, these people are so generous!) from the Baba Foods vendor. They sell a huge variety of dips and things like that. And while they're from Chula Vista California, their goods are produced in San Diego California.

Next purchase was Jalapeno & Garlic stuffed olives - SO GOOD! I also grabbed a pack of dried persimmons, all of which I sampled first. These are from the Mt. Olive Co, which is a HUGE sustainable organic farm in Paso Robles, CA.

And of course we needed desert - so when we passed the Freshly Baked booth, we HAD to get our cookie on. I had "Your Mom" (it really never gets old...)- oatmeal, coconut, and chocolate chip - these three flavors all stand on their own in this giant delight, and I even got a punch card! (buy 5, get one free.) Freshly Baked is a So Cal company, specializing in unique cookies with IN YOUR FACE names, and other surprising noms to taste.

That's the great thing about these vendors, they're all local businesses/growers, and being a Californian means first (if not only) grab of their fresh goods!

Get exercise by walking around, support local small businesses and boost our local economy. Get some grub that is largely un-processed, and buy that T-Shirt no one else will have! Sounds like a productive evening to me.

The Monrovia Street Fair runs from March to December, on Myrtle Avenue just north of the 210 freeway. Make sure to bring cash... lots of cash because you will want everything!!!


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