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Farmers market taken seriously

February 28, 2013 

The recent article on farmers markets by The Tribune was probably brought upon us by events in Southern California. We are a much smaller county and know our farmers quite well. In the Cambria market, there are five local farmers who live and farm on Santa Rosa Creek Road. They all grow and sell only the crops they tend and grow all year long.

We have three vendors who were hand-picked to sell stone fruit and nuts from the Hanford area. We have another local farmer from Los Osos who grows wonderful row crops of beans, peas, carrots, beets, peppers and fresh onions.

We have three growers from the Arroyo Grande area who grow wonderful strawberries, raspberries and blackberries as well as excellent winter and summer fresh vegetables (i.e., beets, cauliflower, leeks, onions, carrots, spinach and kale).

There is another grower from the King City area who brings his organic asparagus, lettuce, garlic, onions and squash. We know and trust each of these farmers.

We have seven additional local farmers and/or residents providing us weekly with their fresh creations of vegan soups, guacamole, freshly roasted coffee, freshly ground oats, lavender creams and sachets, barbecue, wreaths, wine, olive oil and olive brochette, power vegetable juices, and freshly baked breads and pizzas.

In this last year, the managers of the market have stopped a vendor who was reselling berries, sanctioned a grower who had let his certification lapse and are in the process of sanctioning a grower for an unsafe driving incident involving customers of the market.

Our Lions Club sponsors the Cambria Market for the benefit of the community and are present at each market. Four to six Lions attend to the parking in the Pinedorado grounds, facilitating ease and safety. They are very committed to keeping the parking safe and available to all and to keep the market safe.

We take our market very seriously and strive to offer a diversity of foods grown and produced by our local farmers and keeping it safe and fun for all. This market shares great healthy food with you, the customer, provides the farmers a livelihood and much, much more for the community.

Carol and Mike Broadhurst manage the Cambria Farmers Market. Andy Zinn is president of the Lions Club.

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