The Crescent City Farmers Market is about to roll out its welcome mat.
The market will open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds and run every Saturday through October, rain or shine.
According to Rural Human Services special project coordinator Ron Phillips, it’s a little early for tomatoes, but he expects vendors to be offering leeks,
“A number of people should have fresh eggs for sale,” said Phillips, “and fresh strawberries — that’ll be a big plus.”
This season will mark RHS’ 10th year of operating the market. A celebration is being planned for the Fourth of July weekend.
Making its debut at Saturday’s market will be the “Crescent City Kitchen 101,” a mobile kitchen designed to show people how to prepare healthy meals from produce purchased at the Farmers Market. Local chef Michael Gomez will give a cooking demonstration beginning at 10 a.m.
In addition to the Farmers Market, the kitchen will be used during food bank distributions, and will also eventually feature a library of food-preparation videos people can watch when there’s no chef on hand. Most of those videos will be shot during chef demonstrations at the kitchen.
“This is new, something that’s never been done,” said Phillips, “not that I’ve seen anywhere.”
“We expect a large turnout,” he said. “There’ll be a number of people selling hot food.”
Some of these people will include individuals who are currently enrolled in a Small Business Development Center training program, the “Food Service Flight.” These vendors will put their business skills to the test, providing jams and relishes, sandwiches, desserts, barbecue and Filipino food. Several other participants benefitting from business training through SBDC will offer arts and crafts.
Phillips wants to remind vendors that this is a certified farmers market, which means those selling produce “have to practice the art of agriculture,” he said. “They can’t go out and buy it at the grocery store and resell it.”
For more information, contact Phillips at 464-7441.