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Watsonville Certified farmers' market at the downtown Plaza

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Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market June 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Tomorrow, June 10th, is our grand opening celebration for the new Sunday market at the downtown Plaza. The mayor will honor us with the ribbon cutting at 3:00PM, followed by Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco! Free balloons for kiddos! Lots of great food, and Bill's fresh-picked cherries from Hollister! 1-6 at the Plaza!
Myrna Sherman June 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Does certified mean Organic?
Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market June 10, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Hi Myrna! Certified means that the County Agricultural Commissioners have verified(by inspection) that the produce is being grown by the farmer selling it in the State of California...so no buying and selling, no produce from out-of-state(no bananas!), and verified authentically grown where the farmers say it is grown. Organic is different.....but also verifiable by both the State of California and a third-party certifying agent, such as CCOF, etc. At the Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market, all the farmers are certified that they are the growers of the produce they bring. We also have four organic growers, of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, veggies, and they work very hard to bring the healthiest, freshest produce available to market. Hope you come on down!
Judy C June 13, 2012 at 07:42 PM
What is the name of the association that runs the watsonville farmers market?
Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market June 14, 2012 at 12:28 AM
City of Watsonville runs the Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market.
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The Juan and Only January 06, 2013 at 08:33 PM
The Brown Berets in their current flyer claim to run the farmers market now. Everyone should boycott this racist outfit.
Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market January 08, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Hi! I am the manager of the Watsonville certified farmers' market, and have been for almost thirteen years. The market is a committee of the city of Watsonville, and we work closely with second harvest food bank, community bridges, loaves and fishes, and other worthy organisations. Please support your local farmers' market!
Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market January 08, 2013 at 01:23 AM
As a side note, the brown berets do not run the Watsonville certified farmers' market. Maybe they have their own market.
Kelly Kelly Joe Belly January 10, 2013 at 04:27 AM
No, their flyer clearly states that the Brown Berets are in charge of the farmers market. They work directly for the mayor and vice-mayor so we would think they would know best. Why doesn't the patch look into this? It was reported here that the BBs were in charge, perhaps Jacob would like to report on this as he knows them so well.
Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market January 10, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Dear Kelly and Juan and all, I will look into it, but don't believe everything you read. The city hasn't told me a thing, so the question still remains.
Watsonville Certified Farmers' Market January 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Well, there is no truth to the rumour that the brown berets are taking over the downtown market. So hopefully we will have another great year with wonderful organic produce, great farmers, and no politics!
Sylvia Lazo February 22, 2013 at 07:23 PM
It is always a good idea to not only pick your battles, but to not believe everything you read or hear. :)
Coleenie May 14, 2013 at 04:47 AM
I went to Farmers Market several times last year, but it was mostly walk - away food. I was very disappointed, and I hope they have more real Farmers Market kind of stuff this year.
Cathy P. May 14, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I agree Coleenie. We pretty much stopped going beccause of the lack of produce and over abundance of ready cooked food -which is handy if that's what you want- but I'd rather buy my fruits and veggies for the weekend than buy a BBQ chicken for dinner that night. Some of the crap candy and so-called handcrafts are just junk that can be bought in most any dollar store in town. I'd like to see more "real Farmer's Market kind of stuff" too.
Denise May 14, 2013 at 03:23 PM
I also stopped going a while back, for the same reasons Coleenie and Cathy stated. Not enough local produce, WAY too many food trucks, junk vendors and non-produce items. Aptos has a great market. Maybe Watsonville managers can take a look at that one and model after it? Obviously they do not have as much space, but they could use the space they have for local PRODUCE.

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