July 8, 2013

Rolling down a grassy knoll, slurping on a Popsicle or dancing to live music without a care in the world are just a few of the best moments of summer days. Farmers Park, in the heart of downtown Anaheim, plans to deliver these kinds of joyful, good times with festivals, concerts and events that celebrate our vibrant community and make the most of the park'€™s rolling green hills, beautiful wooden boardwalk, community garden and olive grove.

Recently, several hundred people enjoyed Farmers Park Grand Opening and the first annual Farm Folk Festival, an all-day event of Americana, live indie music and workshops such as beekeeping, garden mixology and cigar box guitar making. Revelers browsed the plant sale by Fullerton Arboretum, bike repair tutorial by El-Fenix and crochet and knitting lessons by The Yarnover Truck. Local organizations such as Naturalists for You, Earthroots Field School, The Ecology Center, Anaheim Community Services and The Packing District entertained kids with crafts and learning experiences.
Farmers Park Grand Opening images
Other upcoming events include:
  • Anaheim Brewery'€™s Sausage Fest, July 13
  • Antique Tractor and Truck, July 27
  • Packard Picnic & Pie, August 25
  • Anaheim Historical Society'€™s" Citrus Celebration, September 14
  • Oktoberfest, October 12
  • Packing House Grand Opening, Fall
Farmers Park will also become the home to one of Orange County'€™s newest farmers markets, launching on July 27. With a strong focus on local farmers, weekly seasonal recipes, kids'€™ activities and live music, this farmers market is certain to feed the mind, soul and body with good nutrition. Plans are also underway to have cafes on the park.
Farmers Park lawn
Designed by award-winning landscape architect, Ken Smith, Farmers Park connects the Packard Building and the Anaheim Packing House. The Packard Building originally opened in 1925 as a showroom for the elegant Packard cars and now houses the sinfully delicious burgers of Umami Burger and Anaheim Brewery, a commercial brewery that serves up some tasty suds made right on site.
Built in 1919, the Anaheim Packing House once served as the hub for packing lemons and oranges for more than 30 years. After 10 years in historic renovation to bring back Anaheim'€™s history as the center for distribution of Valencia Oranges, the Anaheim Packing House will open this fall as an indoor public market space with a collection of more than 20 mom-and-pop restaurants and bars with live music every weekend." 
Together, Farmers Park, Packard Building and the Anaheim Packing House comprise the Anaheim Packing District, a deeply authentic reminder of Orange County'€™s pastoral roots, and will soon become a local favorite and international destination.