The new Turlock Certified Farmers Market opens its inaugural 2010 season Friday, May 7 in downtown Turlock. The Turlock Farmers Market will operate Fridays, rain or shine, from May 7 through November 26, 8 am to 1 pm, and is located on north Broadway between Main and Olive Streets. Free parking is readily available.
Several city organizers and farmers have come together to bring a new and redeveloped farmers market to the community that will foster support not only for our local farmers, but for our local artisans and business owners as well.
“We will have a good selection of vendors at the first market of the season with the number growing as the season progresses,” said Trina Walley, one of the 13 volunteer board members who have been working on the new farmers market concept for the last eight months. “We aim to provide top-quality, locally-grown produce from family farms. We plan to provide our customers with farm fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, flowers and nuts; along with artisan products and baked goods.
The goal is to provide a market place in downtown Turlock.
An outreach questionnaire was sent out in an attempt to get people’s input and help plan the new Turlock Farmers Market. Many meetings took place to decide on the new farmers market as the community group discussed the input from the questionnaires.
“Many people have been asking about a farmers market in Turlock and a great group of volunteers have joined together to make this happen for the Turlock community says, board member Mary Jackson. “We have representatives from the city of Turlock, the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association, CSU Stanislaus professors and students, local growers, and interested community members willing to roll up their sleeves to make this happen!”
Emanuel Medical Center is a Sustainable Steward partner in the project.
“Emanuel’s mission is to create a healthier community,” said John Sigsbury, president and chief executive officer of Emanuel Medical Center. “The market’s focus on produce makes this an ideal passageway to further our mission. A healthy lifestyle begins with a healthy diet.”
Patty and George Kapor are excited to be able to offer their products so close to their Pageo Lavender Farm, just over the Stanislaus county line on Golf Road.
“We will offer local pesticide-herbicide free produce as well as lavender, yarrow and a variety of herbs,” said the Kapor’s. “We appreciate all the hard work Mary, Trina and the rest of the committee have put in to get the Farmers Market off the ground.”
Anne Picarillo agrees, “I’m very excited to take part in the planning of the new Turlock Farmer’s Market. It’s such a great opportunity.”
The Turlock Farmers Market kicks off Friday, May 7, from 8 am to 1 pm.