hOLTVILLE Comprised mostly of political or colorful handicraft stalls, one vendor at last week’s farmers’ market stood out from the others for its unsettling decor: Witch Your Soul.
The kiosk was simple, featuring only a small table with a black tablecloth covered in homemade spirit goods, but it was amazing against the hustle and bustle of the rest of the market.
The Holtville sisters and Witch Your Soul co-owners Krystal and Nora Martinez explained that the simplicity of their booth was because the Holtville Farmers Market was their first day on the job.
“We are going to open an online store, but we are still working on it. This is our first time selling anything,” Kristal said. “We started working with this about three weeks ago.”
The evening was filled with unending priorities with Witch Your Soul: Thursday, September 22, was the first Holtville Chamber of Commerce market for the 2022-2023 season and the first public event for the city’s new chief of police, Imperial County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Konkey.
Dozens of people wandered through Holt Park and farmers’ market stalls, listening to the music of what would become Brawley’s band Misery Misery.
Passersby were drawn to the unique items created by the craftsman With Your Soul, sister of Krystal Martinez, who has created products including candles, room sprays and jewelry designed to cleanse energies or protect against negative energies.
Sister Nora Martinez runs the business, including her Instagram account, @witchyoursoul
Despite the name of their work, the two sisters say they do not practice magic but work with spiritual energies, a skill Crystal learned from her great-grandfather.
“We were scared at first, but really happy with the content. People are buying products,” Nora said.
Police Chief’s First Farmer’s Market
New Holtville Chief, Sgt. Conkey, he worked at his first community event in his new position on September 22nd.
Konke was initially introduced to Holtville residents as the new chief of police during a September 12 Holtville City Council meeting, having previously worked for Holtville earlier in his career in the sheriff’s department.
Having served the City of Holtville for more than 10 years, Konke said what I love about returning to Holtville is seeing the growth the city has had since moving it out of town.
“There’s a lot of things going on here in the city that didn’t exist when I was there before. New apartments, some other new developments are underway, so it’s really great to see that growth,” Konke said.
Konkee spent his evening walking around Holt Park, talking with residents and learning about the community.
Holtville resident Maria Garcia said watching Conkey talk and visiting with residents was reassuring after growing up in Norwalk.
“The police in my neighborhood where I grew up, they weren’t very nice and I was afraid of them when I was a kid… Watching him walk around talking to people without worrying them is really cool and I’m in a city I shouldn’t be afraid of,” Garcia said. .
CVS provides vaccines
Set up within Holtville City Council, CVS Pharmacy hosts a temporary vaccine clinic to administer flu and COVID vaccines while providing community information to prepare Holtville for the upcoming flu season.
“I went and asked about the COVID booster and was glad to know I was up to date,” said Holtville resident Juan Lopez.
Kristen Castillo, a CVS pharmacy technician, was among the staff present to provide the picks and answer any question.
In an interview, she said that most of the people who came were looking for information on vaccines more than they needed the vaccines themselves.
Castillo stressed that anyone who missed the makeshift clinic would still have access to vaccinations at CVS Pharmacy in El Centro, where the flu shot does not require an appointment to receive the vaccine.
“The farmer’s market definitely brought us here because it’s a big community that comes out to see what’s going on, and we thought with this big crowd, we wanted to be a part of that,” Castillo said.