I’ve gone to the farmers market a few times, but I never took the time to see the beauty of it. Today, I went with Lucia, one of my fellow coworkers to help setup. Once we set up CHEER’s tent, we decided to take a walk around the market. I looked around and realized, “Wow, why haven’t I explored here?” The scene was just full of color, from the tables to the tents, an even the chalk art the kids made. This one young artist was there and they made this beautiful drawing with chalk that the kids played with! I just had to capture a picture of it.
Along with admiring the color-filled scene, we met with an organization that works with CHEER, Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). ANS helps communicate to the community the need to protect our environment. One of the people there, Greg showed me how they catch insects that live in the creeks and waters. He let me try their app, Creek Critters, which they developed themselves! I found it extremely interesting how many things you could find in the waters.
Lastly, I had the chance to see CHEER’s stand in action. A few people came up and Dolores and Sonia talked to them as they stopped by. You can really see the positive energy that radiates from everyone who comes, along with my coworkers. As much as I wanted to stay, I had to go back to the office to finish some work. However, I definitely recommend visiting the farmer’s market if you want to have a good experience!
Maylin Martinez is a freshman at Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School. As a part of her high school experience, she also participates in their work study program. The program helps students earn their tuition by working once a week. This year, she had the opportunity to intern at Community CHEER. Her regular tasks are filing documents, data entry and now she is also a blog post contributor.