Hello, Hesperia! Starting this month my column has a new title: Out And About with Charlene. I'm going to cover a variety of Hesperia events, stories, restaurants, and once in a while, a great recipe or two.


To start this new venture, I decided to write about our Hesperia Civic Market and Street Faire. It's held every Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m., and will run through September 28. It is located at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, 15833 Smoke Tree Street. They have fresh produce, baked goods, delicious food, crafts, etc. Also, there is karaoke on the first and third Wednesday in the amphitheater. There are many vendors and I interviewed three of them. I would like to share their stories with you.


Dan Alexander owns the Lemonade Express. You can't miss his giant yellow lemon to make purchases from. Dan has lemonade, frozen lemonade, and lemonade with strawberries when in season. He has been at the faire since it opened and lives in Apple Valley. Dan is a trauma nurse at Arrowhead Regional Hospital in Colton. He's worked at the hospital for 10 years and has been in the medical field since 1982.


"Being here brings balance to a very stressful job. It's an outlet for fun and interaction with the community," Dan said. "I love the atmosphere here and I just hired Hanna Jennison to help out. She is very pleasant to our customers and always has a smile for them."


Next, I interviewed Flo of Flo's Kettle Corn. She has also been there for three years and has lived in the High Desert for 15 years. They are a family, working together, and they donate kettle corn to the Hesperia Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony every December. Flo's Kettle Corn also sells different flavors of kettle corn such as sweet and salty, caramel, cherry and raspberry. Then there's the delicious funnel cakes and Mexican style corn on the cob.


"If my family didn't work as hard as they do, we couldn't have this success," Flo said. "I also thank God for everything that has made our business become what it is."


My third interview was Becky's Produce. They have also been there since the faire opened. It is a family business where their children and grandchildren all help out. They also go to two other street faires and commute between Victorville and Los Angeles. This has been their livelihood for 35 years. They love coming to Hesperia and whatever the weather is, they still come for their customers! All their fruit and vegetables are California grown. I bought their bing cherries and they were delicious. You should see their strawberries too!


I had so much fun at the Civic Market and Street Faire, plus meeting some of the vendors. I plan on meeting a lot more too. Thank you, Brandon McAnulty from Hesperia Recreation and Parks for helping me on my new venture. Also, you took wonderful pictures and I appreciate it so much. To the vendors: You are all very special and help make this a great place to go. Hesperia, this should be a must for you to visit. It's very safe there and the park is beautiful and people are so friendly.


In closing I want to say Happy Fathers Day to all you dads and grandpas out there. You are so important in our lives. See you next month. Love, Charlene