Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market Welcomes Children’s Book Author offering ‘Spicy’ Tales & Recipes

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The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market




The community is invited to listen as author Dr. Kathleen Contreras reads from her new bilingual book, Harvesting Friends/Cosechando Amigos when she visits the Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market held on East Santa Clara & Palm Streets on Saturday, July 21.  Contreras will provide three bilingual readings at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Harvesting Friends/ Cosechando Amigos is a story about a garden that grows fresh vegetables in addition to friendships. The book introduces young Lupe and her new friend Antonio to the readers as they meet in an unexpected way and grow their friendship to include their neighbors and friends of all ages.  Farmers’ market produce is a main component in the new book, and recipes will be highlighted.  Books will be available for purchase for $15 and can be signed by the author. 

For more information, call 805-529-6266, or visit the website at

 About Dr. Kathleen Contreras

Dr. Kathleen Contreras is a bilingual teacher educator teaching at California State University, Channel Islands in the School of Education and the Chicano Studies Department.  She earned her B.A. and bilingual teaching credential at UCLA, a Master’s in Bilingual Education at UCSB, and a PhD in Urban Schooling & Teacher Education from UCLA.  Her career in teacher education is dedicated to aspiring future bilingual educators.  Kathleen is the author of four books for children, including Pan Dulce (Scholastic, Inc.); Braids/Trencitas (Lectorum); Sweet Memories/Dulces Recuerdos (Lectorum), and Harvesting Friends/Cosechando Amigos (Arte Público Press). 

About the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association serves the community of Ventura with two Markets — Wednesdays at the Pacific View Mall, front west parking lot on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Saturdays in Downtown Ventura on the corners of East Santa Clara and Palm Streets from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  The Thousand Oaks Farmers’ Market is held Thursdays at The Oaks Shopping Center at the east end parking lot, Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Boulevard from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Santa Clarita Farmers’ Market is held on Sundays at the College of the Canyons, parking lot 5 on Valencia Boulevard from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. 

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