CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FARMERS’ MARKET IN EL CAJON

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The market will be held on Thursdays downtown starting March 21

By Janis Mork

January 30, 2013 (El Cajon) - Following approval at Tuesday’s January 22nd City Council meeting, the City of El Cajon will now have its own farmers’ market in the downtown area. The City is working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and others to establish a certified farmers’ market on Thursday evenings, beginning March 21, at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 East Main Street in downtown El Cajon. 

Ralph Achenbach, who was at the Council meeting, from IRC spoke exclusively with ECM, highlighting small details of the market. “There will be farmers and prepared food. We’re aiming for it to be multicultural, for all cultures to be represented.” The IRC wanted to start one in El Cajon because “[they] focus on food security to improve the quality of life for everyone. A farmers’ market is great to make local foods accessible and affordable.”

The market will run from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Thursday and will feature fresh, high quality, locally grown produce, in addition to other fresh, prepared, and cooked food items from areas of San Diego. There will be something for all ages, including: art displays, family-oriented activities, and a small venue for local musicians, and a DJ. No admission fee will be required and vendors at the market will accept all forms of payment, including Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). It is open to the entire community of San Diego.

The market is seeking qualification to participate in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Moreover, through the IRC’s “Fresh Fund” nutrition incentive program, the market represents an exciting opportunity for the continued revitalization of downtown El Cajon. For more information and updates, look for the Downtown El Cajon Farmers’ Market on Facebook and visit the market’s website at www.ElCajonFarmersMarket.org. Readers can also reach Achenbach directly by calling (619) 641-7510 ext. 278.