NeighborWorks Oak Park News
Kevin Johnson Pushes for ‘Renewal’ in Oak Park
Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016
SACRAMENTO -- A big announcement Thursday promises new opportunities for the historic Oak Park neighborhood. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson announced a partnership with educational, healthcare and corporate entities aimed to improve employment, housing, educational, and healthcare options for Oak Park residents. On the second Thursday in Oak Park hundreds turned out for Gather, a street festival for locals to eat, drink, dance and shop. It is a great draw for the neighborhood, but also a stark contrast to another face of the community just five minutes away, reflecting the neighborhood as a whole still struggling. "I don’t think anyone doubts that there’s a certain revitalization and renewal going on in Oak Park, but we want to make sure we do it the right way, and make sure it’s a neighborhood that works for everyone," Johnson said. ...
The Market Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2016
The Oak Park Farmers Market may well be the fresh-food equivalent of Cheers — a place where everybody knows your name. Just ask market regulars Michele Emery and Sheila Osborne, who greet each other with a hug as they arrive for the market’s season opener on May 7. “We’re a community,” Emery explains. “We’re family.” Osborne adds: “I live for this market, from May till November.” Oak Park Farmers Market — held at McClatchy Park — is one of 24 certified farmers markets in Sacramento County, about half operating seasonally from May through November. Joany Titherington manages this market, sponsored by NeighborWorks Sacramento, and she strives for a diverse mix of goodies including organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods and specialty items. The market’s seventh season began with about 20 vendors; 80 percent of whom live within 25 miles of the park, Titherington says. Many returning vendors have become market favorites, with customers lining up for organic produce from Heavy Dirt Farm in Davis, vegetable starts from Cherry Hill Farms in Fair Oaks, DavePops gourmet popsicles, Fresh Way fish and Yolanda’s Tamales. Aoyama Farm from Fresno County missed last year’s market but has returned for a second season.