Photos: Harvest a bounty from farmers markets in the Pasadena area

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Staff writer Caroline An set out to discover what produce is in season at the area’s best farmers markets.
Summer has arrived, and succulent favorites are ripe for the picking: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines.
Also, sweet white corn, summer squash, beets, avocados and fava beans are all up for your consideration as hot-weather culinary inspiration.
For something a bit more unusual on your summer menu, try cactus.
Read the full story in Rose Magazine, plus lots of delicious photos after the jump:

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Pictured: Chasing Vermeer at Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary

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Kate Ogilvie, 10, plays the role of artist Johannes Vermeer with his painting “The Milkmaid.”
At Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary School, GATE students in the fourth and fifth grade transformed themselves Tuesday into historical figures as part of the school’s Wax Museum exhibit. The young scholars researched their characters from the past and made costumes and props to display while interacting with classmates.
(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Shop the block: L&G Fashion Boutique, 302 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia

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This boutique is brimming with you-can-do-no-wrong ensembles for summer and beyond.
Draw them in with turquoise and sea-foam delights that can be worn afternoon or, paired with heels, at night. Indeed, the array of colorful fabrics and accessories on hand may make you dizzy with happiness.
Look out for some killer handbags in the feminine-Western vein that are almost big enough to accomodate every item you’ll score when shopping here.
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Shop the block: Verita Salon, 111 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia

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With its modernized art-deco space accented by dripping crystal pendant lights, Verita plays on the edge of luxury and elegance, while still offering that intimate small-town salon experience to puts you at ease among friends.
Verita stylists are masters of the Brazilian Blowout, a huge-right-now trend for tresses that softens and smooths curls and waves and allows you to blow-dry in a fraction of the time — so you don’t have to sacrifice either style. It’s also a gentler process and less dependent on harsh chemicals compared to other straightening formulas.
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Shop the block: Jenni B., 106 E. Lime Ave., Monrovia

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A shop that manages to be both extensive in its collections and still feel cozy, Jenni B. is an ideal boutique for scooping up special-occasion wear and investing in classic pieces upon which to build a wardrobe.
Look for Poetic License shoes — especially the divine, colorful summer strappies — and dresses and tanks from Kyumi and Voom by Joy Han. It feels a bit like Downtown L.A. fashion-district heaven, but this retail remix resides in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.
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Photos: Scenes from the Monrovia farmers market

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There’s a new Market in the Park on Sunday mornings in Monrovia’s Old Town. Staff photographer Eric Reed was there yesterday to catch all the fresh-produce-buying, sweet-flower-smelling, baked-goods-savoring action at the inaugural event.
It’s the second farmers market for the city, which holds a family-oriented festival and market on Friday evenings, too.
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 100 block, West Lima Avenue, adjacent Library Park. (626) 303-6600

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