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    Castro Farmers’ Market Opens for the Season

    Your favorite Wednesday evening event, the Castro Farmers’ Market, will be returning for the season on Wednesday, March 14, 4 pm to 8 pm, at Noe and Market Streets. Opening day will be a fun-filled community get-together with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 pm and brief remarks from the District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and other elected officials.

    Steve Adams of the Merchants of Upper Market & Castro will be in attendance, along with Donna Sachet, the Queen of the Castro, who will be the MC for the evening. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will offer a blessing of the market and musical entertainment will be provided by Jack Cutter. Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt through the market and make a “Veggie Friend” puppet at the market’s new craft table.

    Allen Moy, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association (PCFMA) Executive Director, told the San Francisco Bay Times, “This farmers’ market is an integral part of the neighborhood and our local food system. The California farmers who participate in the farmers’ market every week are selling fresh fruits and vegetables that they grow themselves. We hope the Castro residents will enjoy their fresh produce and help sustain their farms.”

    More than two dozen California farmers and other local food producers are expected to sell their products at the market on opening day. Melisa Hanson, Manager of the Castro Farmers’ Market, informed the San Francisco Bay Times: “We are looking forward to kicking off the season with a bang. We have a lot of great activities and events planned and we will offer a terrific selection of California produce.” She added that, throughout the year, patrons can enjoy an array of musical entertainment, tastings, and other seasonal events.

    The market, which is sponsored by the Castro Merchants Association, provides Castro residents a direct opportunity to support local California farmers. These local farms will offer a variety of seasonal California produce, like earthy asparagus from Cecchini & Cecchini of Brentwood, flavorful greens and other vegetables from Jacobs Farms of Pescadero and Happy Boy Farms out of Watsonville, juicy strawberries from Berrylicious in Gilroy, Prather Ranch of Pescadero, and exotic Asian specialty greens from Nyia Yi Farm in Stockton. The market will also have pasture raised eggs from Shelly’s Farm in Brentwood, delicious baked goods from Feel Good Bakery of Alameda, and much more.

    We know you won’t find better or fresher than at your local farmers’ market. Celebrate your local community and visit with friends. Come down and start a fresh new season at your Castro Farmers’ Market! The market will be there each Wednesday evening through November 21.