Volunteers working to bring a farmer’s market to Oceano are holding a barbecue and community forum Saturday to share information and gather input from residents.
Members of the Oceano Community Farmers Market hope to open a weekly market on Saturdays in May at the former Oceano Nursery at Highway 1 and Paso Robles Street, group chairperson Mary Lewis said.
“We’re moving things along,” she said. “I feel like we’re still going in a really good direction; we just need to sign up our vendors.”
The organization has filed an application with the county for a minor-use permit, as well as paperwork to become a nonprofit corporation.
It has also obtained an agreement with the Oceano Community Services District to use its nearby parking lot as overflow parking for the market, Lewis said.
The event for the Oceano Community Farmers Market will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County clubhouse at 1830 19th St. in Oceano.
“It’s primarily a community forum,” Lewis said. “We put out a survey last month and asked if people wanted to help, and then planned this barbecue for people to come back out and to let them know how they can help us.”
Lewis said the group needs more volunteers to help hand out fliers, put together mailers, make phone calls and other work to get the market started. She said the organization has several prepared food vendors lined up but is still working to get local farmers involved.
A barbecue dinner plate is available for a suggested $10 donation, with proceeds going to support the farmer’s market efforts. The Teens Closet, a Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast program that provides free clothing to teens, is also expected to attend the event.