Jeani Ferrari, of the Turlock Certified Farmers’ Market (TCFM) Board, presented a framed copy of the event’s 2010 inaugural poster to the City of Turlock at Tuesday night’s Council Meeting leading into the announcement of this year’s Farmers’ Market season.
On May 6th, 2011, the Turlock Certified Farmers’ Market will return for a second season. In 2010, the TCFM Board was able to once again bring the best the valley has to offer to the community through the new and improved market. Working with the Turlock Downtown Property Owner’s Association and the City of Turlock, the TCFM has created a Friday Morning Marketplace that educates, informs, engages and brings together the community while supporting local farmers.
The goal of the market is to be a resource for healthy choices. The TCFM is proud to provide a family-friendly environment where parents can shop with their children. In the 2011 season, we will continue to develop partnerships with local schools, mom’s clubs and other organizations to educate our youth about what it means to be “Always Local.”
While speaking at the Council Meeting, Ferrari said that to be a certified farmers’ market, you have to have vendors that grow everything they sell so that people are purchasing food from the grower.
“It’s just been a wonderful first season, watching the public interact with growers who are all from around 50 miles from the Farmers’ Market,” said Ferrari.
The TCFM did so well during the first season that the Board was able to hire a market manager, Brandon Follett.
Brandon Follet acknowledged and thanked all the sponsorships, partnerships, and volunteers that made the TCFM happen and continue.
The TCFM website states that along with certified farmers, there will be other types of vendors as well.
“The Board is also committed to establishing a farmers’ market that creates a social hub in Turlock’s downtown. In that effort, the board provides a non-certified vendor area for local merchants selling prepared foods as well as unique handmade goods. Beyond food, beverages and crafted goods, the market provides public space for non-profit organizations to engage local citizens.”
Councilwoman Mary Jackson has been involved in supporting and working on the TCFM since the planning stages before last year’s season and said that more than 29 vendors (full-time and part-time) are already signed on to participate in this year’s season.
The market will take place in downtown Turlock on Broadway Avenue near Main Street, from 8:00am until 1:00pm. The market will feature many returning vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, foods and crafts; in addition to several new vendors this season. With tables and chairs provided, customers can dine, socialize and listen to an interesting line-up of music while shopping. Come support your local farmers’ market every Friday through October 28th, 2011.