Crowds flock to first Parks Legado farmers market of summer

first_img Jason Waters, right, explains pricing on baskets of vegetables at Walker Waters Urban Farms produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp Cowan Produce’s Gage Spencer, left, sells produce to George Baucom and his wife Lucy Baucom at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Facebook Assorted baskets of vegetables are up for sale at Walker Waters Urban Farms produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. John Skiles turned away from a pile of cardboard boxes, all labeled ‘PEACHES’ and stacked up as tall as him, before he swung his foot up to rest on another box in front of him.All empty.“I love it,” he smiled.Big crowds flocked through the first Parks Legado Farmers Market of the season on Saturday morning, all to take a look through vegetables, artisan goods, crafts, fruits like Skiles’ peaches and much more offered from about 70 local vendors. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Carla Braden sorts out kernels from freshly made kettle popcorn at Mariposa Produce stand Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Then they left with armloads of buys, from what vendors called the biggest and best market at Parks Legado to kick off the center’s second summer running the event.“We had 36 boxes of peaches, and about 600 pounds of produce, and it’s gone in two hours,” Skiles said a little after 10 a.m. The market opened at 8 in the morning.“Last year, it was taking almost the whole market to sell everything, so for two hours — yeah, I guarantee this market has grown exponentially,” he added.The Parks Legado Farmers Market started last summer, with organizers presenting four events over the summer months, and the market’s back for another go-around this summer.Saturday’s event marked the first of four scheduled for this summer, all on the second Saturday of each month through September — and already, this year’s first market has grown bigger, busier and more successful than the event was last year, echoed vendor Lesli Kizer.Kizer, under the tent at her own booth, glanced over glass jars filled with colorful jams and jellies offered by her business We Be Jammin — or at least what was left.“We’ve been pretty busy,” she said. “We’re out of a whole bunch of flavors, but that’s a good problem to have.“It’s doubled in size,” she added, on the crowd of buyers attending Saturday. “It’s been awesome today.”Kizer sold jams, jellies, pickles and different condiments bottled by her local company that she started in 2013. Skiles sold some locally grown squash, zucchini and cherry tomatoes, along with peaches the family bought and trucked back from Weatherford on Friday.They were among the 70 or so vendors on hand Saturday, which is a number that’s grown this year right along with the number of shoppers. About 50 vendors came to the market during each session last summer, organizing official Andrew Marshall said last week, speaking for the Sewell Family of Companies which presents the event at the shopping center the organization built in 2013.One of those new, first-time vendors, Jason Waters, said he was impressed and excited by the crowds, under his tent and behind the banner Walker-Waters Urban Farm.“You could sell anything here,” Waters said, as a potential buyer looked through his onions. He sold locally grown onions, squash, tomatoes and potatoes, alongside his wife, Chelsea Waters, who offered bottles of lotion and more from the beauty shop in Odessa she owns called Glitz House of Beauty.Jason Waters raises vegetables on his land and at his father’s place, and usually just gives extras to his employees at W&W Energy, his business in the oil industry.“This time we were like, ‘Heck, let’s take it to the farmers market. It’ll be fun,’” Waters said.Across the plaza, Yolanda Hernandez, also of Odessa, offered samples of her spice called Porras’ Spices de Vida, in her and husband Oliver’s first time at the Parks Legado market.Yolanda said they had vended at the Odessa, Texas Farmers Market presented by Medical Center Hospital and at the Briar Patch Trade Days in town, and that they planned to be back at the Parks Legado market after Saturday.“There’s a lot of people here,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s going pretty well.”The next event at Parks Legado is set to open July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the town center located at 7260 East Highway 191. The center will also host markets on Aug. 14 and Sept. 8. The Parks Legado market advertises itself alongside MCH’s market, which opens next on June 23.“We love it. We’re all about the farmers market, because when we get a chance, we actually get to go and shop a little bit and get some more fresh fruits and veggies and things like that,” Kizer said.“But I like the fact that it brings everybody out. It’s the good, old-fashioned shopping.”Odessa farmers market scheduleParks Legado Farmers MarketDates: July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8When: 8 a.m. to noonWhere: Parks Legado Town Center, 7260 E. Highway 191 Local News Crowds flock to first Parks Legado farmers market of summer Vegetables at Farmer Troy’s produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. MCH Odessa, Texas Farmers MarketDates: June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22When: 9 a.m. to noonWhere: MCH Main Campus, 3rd Street and Alleghaney Avenue By admin – June 9, 2018 WhatsApp Jacquel Cockrell, left, purchases a watermelon from Walker Waters at Walker Waters Urban Farms produce stand at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Cowan Produce’s Gage Spencer, left, sells produce to George Baucom and his wife Lucy Baucom at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Home Local News Crowds flock to first Parks Legado farmers market of summercenter_img Pinterest Attendees to Parks Legado Farmers Market browse vendors Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Parks Legado Farmers Market brings a large crowd of customers Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Quentin McKee, right, and Becky Leonard, center, purchase vegetables from Kyle and Sons’ produce stand at the Parks Legado Farmers Market last June at Parks Legado Town Center. 1 of 13 Peaches are up for sale at Kyle and Sons’ produce stand at the Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Pinterest Shirley Braden dumps a fresh batch of kettle popcorn out of the kettle at Mariposa Produce stand Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Facebook Twitter Previous articleGabe McDonald trial begins MondayNext articleTRACK AND FIELD: Athletes finish strong at West Texas Junior Olympics admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR OC employee of the year always learning Armiah Aguilar, 16, right, and her sister Cloe Aguilar make miniature doughnuts at Parks Legado Farmers Market Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Attendees to Parks Legado Farmers Market browse vendors Saturday morning at Parks Legado Town Center. Twitterlast_img read more

Conference “Tourism Worker – Challenges and Opportunities”

first_imgThe objectives of the conference are to determine the situation on the labor market in the tourism and hospitality sector in conversation with key stakeholders and using available statistics, to harmonize the needs of employers and the labor market in employment and (further) education of current and future workers in tourism. centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector, present and analyze the occupations of the future in tourism and present the efforts of EU funds for employment and education in the tourism and hospitality sector. The conference is organized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, and the partners are the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian Employers’ Association, the Croatian Tourism Association and the Croatian Employment Service. You can find the entire program and other information HERE. The program will include two panel discussions on “How to attract and retain a tourism worker” and “Human Resources Management – Education for Tourism” with the participation of numerous experts. The conference entitled “Tourist Worker – Challenges and Opportunities” will be held on February 12 at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb.last_img read more

Gay marriage costs Tories support in the pews

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 18 August 2012Almost six out of 10 people who attend services regularly say they are less likely to vote Conservative at the next election because of the plans to redefine marriage. More than a third of those polled said it had no effect on whether they would support the Conservatives but most of them would never vote for the party anyway. Support among churchgoers for Labour and the Liberal Democrats was also damaged by their stance on the marriage question but the biggest impact by far was on the Conservatives. It suggests that the issue has caused a major breach between the party and religious voters, who have traditionally been viewed as part of its heartland. Historically, the Church of England has been characterised as the “Tory party at prayer”. But parties have been competing for support among religious groups, with estimates suggesting that as many as 7.6 million adults attend church at least once a month and almost five million go every Sunday. At the last election Mr Cameron recorded a personal video appeal to Christian voters. read more

Luke Shaw returns to England after visit from Hector Moreno

first_imgLuke Shaw was due to leave hospital on Saturday after a visit from the PSV defender whose challenge broke his right leg in two places. Hector Moreno broke Shaw’s tibia and fibula when he slid in on the Manchester United full-back in the 15th minute of PSV’s 2-1 win at the Philips Stadion on Tuesday. Shaw had an operation on the leg at the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on the night of the match and stayed there until he was given the all clear to return to Manchester on Saturday. “I just wanna say a massive thank you to everyone at St Anna hospital for all the care and attention they have given me the last few days,” Shaw wrote on Instagram on Saturday morning. ”Something I will never forget! ”Am pleased to be flying back to Manchester today so I can start my journey back onto the football pitch!” Shaw will have another minor operation in Manchester before returning home either Tuesday or Wednesday. It emerged on Saturday that Moreno and PSV manager Phillip Cocu had visited Shaw in the hospital on Thursday. “We first asked whether Shaw would meet us, which he wanted to,” Cocu told a press conference. “We offered him the help of PSV should he need anything in relation to his recovery. “It has affected him (Moreno), it has affected the others and it has affected me.” Press Association The first match Shaw will miss is a trip to his old club Southampton on Sunday. It will be the first time that another former Saints player Morgan Schneiderlin has returned to St Mary’s since his £25million move to Old Trafford. Schneiderlin spent seven years at Southampton, playing a key role in their rise from League One to European qualification last term. But, perhaps mindful of the fact that Shaw and Adam Lallana were booed by Saints fans last term, the Frenchman is unsure what kind of reception he will get on the south coast this weekend. “We will see (what the reception is) but I know, and I think also the fans know, that I gave my best to Southampton,” the midfielder told United Uncovered. “I know there have been some up and downs at the club. In the first two years after I came we went down to League One, but I left the club in the Premier League with their best [points] record in the league ever. “I fought for this team with my team-mates. So we’ll see what the reception is but we parted on good terms.” Schneiderlin admits it will be an odd occasion, but one he believes he can handle. “It will be strange in a way to go in the away dressing room. I’ve never seen the away dressing room,” he said. “I’ll see all the people that I worked with for seven years all behind the scenes. I know all the staff there so it will be strange for me but I need to stay focused on my game and put all those things aside. “I need to just work on my game and be as focused as I can, but it will be very nice to savour.” With Shaw absent, Louis van Gaal has to pick a new left-back. Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo are the main contenders. The good news for the United manager is that captain Wayne Rooney has overcome a hamstring and is fit to start the match. last_img read more

Faithful and nonbelievers think alike, study says

first_imgPeople may have wildly differing beliefs, but when it comes to how the brain processes faith — or lack thereof — it’s all the same.A USC-UCLA study tested brain activity in relation to religious beliefs. The study found that whether a person is religious or nonreligious, he or she use the same parts of the brain to determine what they believe.The study, led by author Sam Harris, who recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the UCLA Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and USC Research Assistant Professor Jonas Kaplan of the Brain and Creativity Institute, took 15 Christians and 15 people who had no religious convictions and presented a series of statements for them to affirm or deny. The questions varied from commonly understood truths to religious affirmations — for example, “Eagles are real,” versus “Angels are real.”Using a functional MRI, the researchers mapped changes in brain activity, and found that while the answers were different, the same parts of the brain were used to determine belief — whether the statement was religious or not.“It’s interesting because these people were diametrically opposed in their beliefs, but we’re seeing something very similar going on in their brains,” Kaplan said.The results, Kaplan said, proved that belief or nonbelief is controlled by the same parts of the brain, whether or not those beliefs are grounded in religion and whether or not the believer has a background in religion.“Believing in these different statements is similar as far as the brain is concerned,” Kaplan said. “The results make sense — when people believe things, they believe them, religious or not.”Religious believers and nonbelievers alike agreed the results of the study made sense, though they had different reasons thinking as such.Rabbi Dov Wagner of the Chabad Jewish student center said he was not surprised by the results, because rational belief and study is a central tenet of the Jewish faith.“There is subjective belief, blind faith, but there is also a strong emphasis on logic and philosophy, a rationally engaged faith, which isn’t just intangible, but actually attempts to study, understand and comprehend ideas that relate to faith,” Wagner said. “It’s informed belief, that’s based not just on blind acceptance, but an approach to knowledge that is not that different from the way you approach any part of life.”Those on the other side of the religion debate likewise agreed the study’s results were logical.Riley Bell, a sophomore majoring in global health who said she does not subscribe to religious beliefs, said she thought believing in religion was similar to believing in anything else.“[Religion] is like anything else you would think of as true or false, it’s a way of approaching what’s around you,” Bell said. “There’s nothing that makes it any different, it’s just a created mental state.”Kaplan said he sees no reason his study should spark controversy in the religious community. The study’s intent was not to validate either stance, but to clarify how the brain processes religion.“We were totally neutral to the actual answers. We were trying to find out how people process information — what is actually happening. We’re not trying to answer the religious questions themselves,” he said.A.J. Starsiak, a senior majoring in molecular biology who said he has strong Christian beliefs, said he thought science could actually be useful in trying to understand religion.“Science is digging in depth, through thought, in that way it’s philosophy of a sort,” he said. “Anything that makes you think more about your beliefs is beneficial … In that way science is definitely a good approach to Christianity.The subjects of the study were chosen for their strong convictions in either camp, but Kaplan says it would be interesting to explore differences in strengths of believers. The psychology of religion is a growing area, he said.“Religion is something that is important for us to understand. It’s a part of people’s lives, and it makes sense for us to try to understand it,” Kaplan said. “We wanted to see if there was anything special about the way people’s brains process religious belief.”last_img read more