Photo by Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG
UPLAND >> Rene Moreno grabbed some freshly-picked onions from a black plastic cart and began peeling away the dirty layers.
Moreno was manning the lone vegetable stand Tuesday night at Upland’s Farmers Market in Memorial Park. The Ontario-based Chavez Farm had about two dozen vegetables on display, everything from squash blossom to Swiss chard.
“It’s kind of slow, but it’s going to get better,” said Moreno of the weekly outdoor market, which launched three weeks ago.
Besides the typical produce, the stand also had some produce commonly used in Mexican dishes, such as nopales, and tomatillos.
With temperatures already hitting the triple digits this past week, Moreno said he stocked the stand with smoothie-friendly ingredients like kale, beets and carrots.
A year ago, nothing like this would have been found at the park. When interim City Manager Martin Thouvenell was brought on by the council in late July, the landscaping was unkempt and there was a homeless and narcotic element that lingered.
But then things started to change.