Farmers’ Market wants your business

Judy Hess, left, and Catalina Ventura have been working closely

The lovely seedling that is Gilroy Farmer’s Market has taken
root, and its manager Catalina Ventura would like to remind
everyone: Save your produce shopping list for Sundays.
The lovely seedling that is Gilroy Farmer’s Market has taken root, and its manager Catalina Ventura would like to remind everyone: Save your produce shopping list for Sundays.

With last weekend marking the least amount of foot traffic so far, Ventura says the community needs to show vendors continued support.

“I cannot stress this enough,” she said. “If Gilroy wants a farmer’s market, then they have to make a commitment to being part of making that happen.”

Putting forth a conscious effort to spend your dollars downtown, she said, “supports local economy and speaks volumes about what we value.”

New developments continue to be in the mix, such as kid’s day on the first Sunday of each month. On July 3, this will include a forest-themed story time, face painting and creating a nature collage. Musical entertainment this week will feature a jazz band, Ventura said.

As for seasonal items of interest, asparagus is done for now but peaches, nectarines and summer squash are ripe and ready to be enjoyed. Ventura added tomatoes are making their way in as well.

The market takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the two vacant lots near the corner of Monterey and Seventh streets. For more information contact Ventura at 710-7147.

Items of interest

– Peaches from Frog Hollow Farms. They melt in your mouth.

– The lettuce mixes from Heirloom Organics. Heirloom’s white carrots are also delicious

– The heavenly asparagus stalks. So sorry to see the season end!

– Plump and tangy blackberries from Chiala farms. Also purchase Chiala’s velvety green beans and saute them with peeled garlic from Christopher Ranch and diced purple onions

– The starter plants from the Gilroy Demonstration Garden – includes bell peppers, Italian basil, lettuce and lavender.

– Organic, raw honey from Uvas Gold Apiaries. Drizzle over yogurt, or, eat directly from the jar with your fingers. Just look for Wayne Pitts, the man wearing a bee hat

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