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There’s a better farmers market in town

Posted: September 19, 2012 2:37 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2012 2:37 p.m.

Many cities have promoted farmers markets as a way to provide access to fresh and local produce. Our city is no exception.

For years they have promoted the Newhall Farmers Market. However, I cannot help but wonder why our city continues to promote this farmers market.

I have been several times this year. The market averages about four fruit/produce vendors. One of the vendors was carrying tropical fruit he admitted was imported from Central America.

The rest of the market consisted of some prepared food vendors and a clothing vendor. This is not a farmers market.

It may surprise some to learn that there is another farmers market in our city. Every Sunday morning in the parking lot of College of the Canyons is the COC Farmers Market.

For more than three years I have bought almost all of our family’s produce here. This is a certified market; anyone selling anything here has to have grown or made what is being sold.

The market is regulated and farms are inspected by the market managers.

I recently counted 24 fruit/produce vendors at the COC market, including a certified organic vendor. Additionally, there were 21 specialty vendors selling everything from eggs and grass-fed beef to cheeses and fresh bread.

My family eats better because of this market. The produce is fresher, lasts longer and tastes better than store-bought produce that may have ripened in the back of a semi truck.

I understand the city is trying to bring people to Old Town Newhall. However, they lose a lot of credibility by continually promoting the Newhall market as a farmers market.

The city should call the market a street fair (which is a better description). After that, embrace and begin promoting the one real farmers market in our city, at COC.




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