Clear skies graced the Phelan Farmers Market last Monday, April 11, even as rain and hail pelted surrounding areas, as they celebrated their 2nd Anniversary with hundreds of visitors. Blue Grass music performed by the trio, High ‘D’ Boys delighted the crowd, and a raffle for a basket of vendor items totaling more than $200 value was a great hit.
New vendor, Up In Smoke Bar B Que flamed many burgers, hot dogs and homemade fries, while long-time participant, The Taco Guy provided a variety of tacos. From the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resource Department many visitors learned practical ways to grow organics, they also learned about a local tree predator, the Bark Beetle, and other insects that challenge drought stricken landscape.
Martha Moore revealed in her Farmers Market tote a loaf of bread from Old Town Baking Co., jams from San Bernardino County Fair “2014 Best of Show” winner Gerbear’s Jamz, and some peanut brittle from Bridee’s Brittle. As she looked at coffees from Tonyan Coffee, Moore stated that she has been coming to the market since its start.
New vendor Novel Carter offered chair massage for $1 per minute across the aisle from Sky Ranch Beef Jerky and adjacent to Moonstruck Farms. Rowena McDermott is the owner of Moonstruck Farms but also has served as the market’s manager since its inception and has been instrumental in its success and in finding grants that help the consumers to purchase organics. She said, “This community has done a great job in building this market and with their support they will continue to build not just in size but also in value.”
The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District is sponsoring the farmers market held each Monday from 2 to 5pm (6pm summer) in front of the Phelan Community Center at the intersection of Sheep Creek and Warbler Rd.
Initially, PPHCSD Park and Recreation Supervisor Steve Lowrance was encouraged by several enquiries to have a Phelan Farmers Market and he began to search for vendors online and by attending other local High Desert farmers markets. His quest brought him full circle as he spoke with McDermott and subsequently developed this market as a cooperative with McDermott as the manager.
Lowrance said, “We chose Monday afternoons so that parents that are picking up students from school can participate. We will extend the hours as daylight savings time kicks in so that commuters heading home from work can also stop by,” adding, “We will keep the parking open in front of the park and handle vendor overflow within the park.”
Vendors appreciate the asphalt location because it keeps dirt and dust down and their product cleaner. Natural and organic items have always been popular with people who wish to keep processed foods from their diets. As this market continues to grow the array of foods will expand and variety will be the natural spice of life. The non-profit Farmers’ Market is currently accepting EBT with a voucher match of $10.
Visit their facebook at www.facebook.com/Phelan-Certified-Farmers-Market-715877755125678/
You can contact McDermott through her email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (760) 412-9746.
Wrightwood also has a farmers market located in the parking lot between Park Drive and Pine Street, open every Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Shoppers will find many of the same vendors plus other interesting Home-cottage businesses. Visit them on facebook www.facebook.com/WrightwoodCFM/
Photo contest winner chosen by CSD
By Terri Hill
Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (CSD) held a photo contest in March and chose a winning depiction of the desert community for the banner on the District’s webpage.
Katerra Davis submitted the winning shot and at the CSD Board meeting April 6th, was awarded a $25 gift certificate for Pizza Factory. Her photo and that of a finalist can be seen on the newly redesigned District webpage.
At the same meeting, CSD General Manager Don Bartz formally announced the decision of the State Water Board to reduce the District’s mandated 32% conservation to 24%, and the Board discussed budget assumptions and a policy for the District’s Reserve funds.
The Waste & Recycling Committee, at the March 17, 2016 meeting, discussed the Solid Waste budget and noted the surplus of revenue each budget year. For the current budget year of 2015/2016, $121,472 of surplus is designated to be transferred to water operations. The Board could decide to transfer the approximately $17,614 remaining in surplus, after all realized expenses and estimated remaining expenses for 2015/2016, to Parks and Recreation. After deliberation about wording in the resolution, the board chose to bring the matter back at the April 20th meeting.
Farmers Market Manager Rowena McDermott and CSD staff recommended changes to the Rules and Regulations, which were initially adopted on May 7, 2014. After nearly two years, McDermott noted several changes necessary to update the document and make it more relevant to the local event. Proposed changes are primarily due to issues and non-issues that have arisen over the past two years and also due to new legislation.
Staff also recommended that the fees for participating food vendors be lowered. The current fee is $15 plus a $2 California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) fee. Under the new fee structure food vendors will pay either a $10 flat fee or 9%, whichever is greater. Vendors will still pay the CDFA fee.
McDermott explained that with lower fees, the market will bring back the smaller food vendors, thereby creating more interest and participation from community members. While the revenue from the market will not change much at the onset of the new fee structure, McDermott is confident that, “As we grow, revenue will increase.”
Discussion of money and food led into the subject of product liability insurance for the vendors selling prepared food. Director Brandon wanted to revisit the idea of requiring coverage, now that the market is into its third year. Originally, a survey of the vendors showed that many did not carry the insurance and were unlikely to participate if coverage was mandatory.
Brandon cited statistics that numbered people who get sick from food-borne illness each year at 116,000 and people who die of the illness each year at 3,000. He and Director Morrissette were both aware of the fact that most homeowner policies have provisions for cottage businesses.
McDermott agreed to inquire among the food vendors, who would stay if required to prove product liability coverage. She expressed her concern that the market will lose vendors, rather add to the current line-up of food dealers. The issue will be addressed again, after the Board and by Rowena McDermott have had time to research the details.
WWII hero to be honored at April 22 film screening
By Al Morrissette
Heritage School History Teacher Todd Anton is known for two passions: the Constitution and American Baseball. In 2007, Todd was involved in the development and promotion of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and began a friendship with fellow writer, author, and historian Kerry Yo Nakagawa, who participated in a conference “When Baseball Went to War.”
On Friday, April 22 at the Serrano PAC Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30pm, Anton and Nakagawa will be presenting to the Tri-Community a viewing of the award-winning movie “American Pastime.” The film focuses on the game that was a part of the Manzanar Japanese Concentration Camp near Lone Pine, California. Manzanar is now a National Historic Site preserving the camp that held more than 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry.
Long before the first incarcerees arrived in March 1942, Manzanar was home to Native Americans who mostly lived in villages near several creeks in the area. Ranchers and miners formally established the town of Manzanar in 1910, but abandoned the town by 1929 after the City of Los Angeles purchased the water rights to virtually the entire area. As different as these groups were, their histories displayed a common thread of forced relocation. (Source: Wikipedia)
Also joining Anton and Nakagawa will be Mr. Robert Izumi who, with his family, was imprisoned in Manzanar Relocation Center. Izumi volunteered to serve our nation in the US Army in WWII and fought with the 101st AB in Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge, even while his family remained behind bars. Fighting Germans and racism, Izumi overcame a lot and saw heavy combat as a member of the Band of Brothers famed 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment- “G” company. He stayed in the service and fought again in Korea, Vietnam, and in Panama.
Anton explained that, “Kerry (Nakagawa) describes himself as a multimedia person and takes tremendous pride with his projects of passion. He is the founding curator of the ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ international exhibit that has been displayed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Tokyo and museums around the country”, adding, “To make the exhibit more interactive, he produced and directed the ‘Diamonds in the Rough’ documentary with his ‘Godpapa’ actor Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita (Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid fame and ‘Arnold’ from Happy Days). Kerry wrote the book, Through a Diamond, 100 years of Japanese American Baseball, and co-produced a curriculum guide with Stanford Universities SPICE organization. He produced a five-year labor of love movie entitled ‘American Pastime.’ The independent film won the ‘Audience Favorite’ in San Francisco in 2007. For the last eighteen years he has been the founder of the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project, (www.niseibaseball.com). The mission for NBRP is to “bring awareness and education about Japanese American concentration camps through the prism of baseball and their multimedia projects.”
The cost of the evening’s event is $10 per person and tickets can be purchased at the Desert Community Bank in Phelan.
A quantum leap for local restaurateur
By Terri Hill
In Wrightwood, (David) Chang H. Choi is known for his Asian Fusion cuisine at Gamee Kitchen. As a master chef, David has prepared traditional Asian recipes for his restaurant, Lions meetings, and other community events. He has also been the nutritional advisor and chef for a retirement home. But preparing bento boxes and sushi are not David’s only talent.
Seeing a need for alternative medicine options in the Tri-Community, and being certified in acupuncture and massage therapy, David has opened an office, Naturo Body Watchers, in Dr. Gil’s Family Medical Building. As a practitioner of Quantum Medicine, David offers acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, and massage therapies for myofascial release, all intended to improve circulation and the flow of oxygen throughout the body. He is also a nutritionist, focusing on patients’ health through diet and supplements.
One of the massage techniques is reflexology. Based on the theory that our bodies have ten zones running head to toe, and every tissue, organ, bone and brain cell is included in one of those zones. The zones end in our feet, and by massaging specific points on the feet, the practitioner addresses pain and illness in corresponding areas of the body. There are also corresponding pressure points in the hands and on the cranium.
Acupuncture accesses the same zones, or meridians. David practices acupuncture and auricular therapy, which uses the same theory, but requires only a “seed” on a small adhesive pad for application. The seed can be placed just inside the outer ear, and left on for two or three days, unlike the needles for acupuncture, which are removed at the end of the treatment session. Occasionally reapplying pressure to the seed keeps it functional. Some patients are more comfortable with the idea of pressure, as opposed to tiny needles. Both treatments have proven to offer great relief from pain and illness.
Negative cupping is another form of myofascial release, the loosening and relaxing of connective tissues for better circulation. David also offers Rolfing, a massage therapy technique which realigns the body.
David Chang is excited to share his knowledge of Chinese Medicine and other natural treatments with community members who have experienced these therapies, and particularly those for whom this type of treatment is new and unfamiliar. As part of the interview for this story, I was treated to some of the techniques David offers; the cranial massage was extremely soothing, as I am prone to headaches. He has a gentle approach, and enjoys sharing tips and methods that patients can employ on their own, to complement office therapy.
David expects to be accepting Workers’ Compensation and PI cases, auto injury, and some personal insurances starting in May. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. And don’t worry, his restaurant in Wrightwood will still be open for dinner, with David himself creating his popular dishes.
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