Cal City Weekly Farmers Market Kicks Off Today | New
CALIFORNIA CITY – Cal City’s first Farmer’s Market arrives today, kicking off a weekly opportunity for residents to find fresh food, as well as crafts and other produce.
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the year, starting today. It will be at California City Business Park, 8209 California City Blvd.
The market is intended to provide a source of fresh and healthy food for residents of Cal City, said market manager and city parks and recreation commissioner Shauna Royten in a presentation to city council.
“It’s so important that we have one here in California City because we’re considered a food desert,” she said. “Having a farmers market here will bring local, fresh, organic, healthy food to provide a healthier lifestyle to Cal City and all the surrounding communities. “
Among the vendors listed for this first day of the market, three farmers offer a variety of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, kale, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, cantaloupe and eggs.
The list of artisans and artists selling their products includes jewelry, textile art, personalized mugs and mugs, handmade blankets, local honey, and natural bath and body products, for n to name a few.
Food vendors include tamales, fruit water, street corn and fresh lemonade, with more scheduled for October 2.
The market has also qualified for the federal SNAP program to accept EBT cards.
The market will also provide a gathering place to help promote the community.
“We want it to serve as a central information hub,” she said.
This week, organizations as diverse as the Cal City Arts Commission and Adventist Health will be on hand.
The Certified Farmers Market is hosted by the nonprofit Royten’s Enrichment Academy Community Hope, or REACH, and sponsored by Ace Hardware.
REACH, led by Royten and her husband, is an organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, especially in under-represented communities, Royten said.
In addition to the market, the group organized a community garden in Cal City.