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Posted: October 22, 2010 10:23 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Jennifer Weber, 28, and her daughter Rosie, 6, pick out produce at the farmers market Thursday.

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Jennifer Weber and her three children stopped at one of the numerous fruit and vegetable booths of the Old Town Newhall Farmers’ Market this week and bought some oranges.

That’s when her daughter’s free ride ended.

“Iris, get out of the stroller,” Weber told her 4-year-old daughter. “We brought it for the oranges, remember?”

“But mom!” the little girl complained. Reluctantly, she obeyed and joined her sister Rosie on the ground.

Jacob, their 9-year-old brother, placed two bags of oranges into the stroller where his sister had been sitting. Next on the Webers’ shopping list: produce for dinner that night.

Even as the weather cools, the farmers market continues to attract more local residents Thursday evenings. At 3 p.m., as it starts, most people come out to shop. More people show up later to walk around and enjoy the outdoor, fair-like atmosphere.

Beside the wide variety of fruits and vegetables, the market offers authentic foods, including dishes of Argentinean, Salvadorian and Mexican cuisines. Various crafts by local artists are also available in downtown Newhall.

Arturo Ramirez, one of the vendors, has been setting up his stand at the Old Town Newhall Farmers’ Market every week for the last 18 months. He owns a farm in Santa Maria, where he grows beets, carrots, celery, lettuce, tomatoes, squash, bell pepper, avocados, strawberries and much more. He has been selling his produce at various farmers markets all over Southern California for the past 20 years.

“Sometimes, the business can be very good here in Newhall,” Ramirez said in Spanish. “Especially when the day is good; it’s not too hot and not too cold.”

The Old Town Newhall Farmers’ Market has become one of the favorite Thursday attractions for community members.

Weber takes her kids there every week.

“I like to come down to the farmers market. I get all my produce here. I never buy it at supermarkets,” Weber said. “Here, you know everything is fresh.

“On a cloudy day, we just shop here and go home. But on a nice day, we stay until they close. We usually listen to the band, get something to eat.”

Weber thinks she might use the vegetables she bought at the market in preparation for Halloween.

“I take apples, scoop them out, dip into caramel; then kids take them to school. I might also do a scary vegetable face on a pizza,” she said.

Weber started coming out to the farmers market only this summer, but she wishes she had known about it before. “I found this place by accident. I was driving by one day, and Main Street was closed,” she said. “I came out to see why, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the farmers market here. Since then, we have been coming out here every week.”

When the Thursday routine was over and the groceries purchased, Weber told her kids it was time to head home. Iris and Rosie went running in front of their mother, and Jacob, with a handful of fruit samples, pushed the stroller filled with oranges away from the farmers market.

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