The California Farmers market is halfway through the first season

California’s market began April 25 as a part of the California Historic District’s revitalization program. A survey at an organizational meeting indicated this was the most desired improvement to the community. Pam Green, Marge Friedmeyer, Vickie Schroeder, Tom Winters, Jim Martin, Ann Tettlebaum and Richard Schroeder served on the farmers market committee that continues to operate the market on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., at Smith-Burke Park on Railroad Street. This being the first year California has had an organized and regulated market and it has been a learning and exciting year.

Beginning Aug. 4, the nation will be observing National Farmers Market week.

Farmers Markets began in 1997 in England. These regulated managed markets to provide healthier fresh foods by less use of sprays and preservatives.

Other benefits include less handling, refrigeration during processing, storage and transportation making the produce safer and less expensive. Farmers markets are beneficial to communities by providing social ties and encourages more attention to the neighborhood. Local crafts are included and provide interest and variety to the market.

The last market will be Friday, Oct. 17. New vendors are encouraged and may contact chairperson Pam Green at 573-796-0282.

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