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Market opens year in new location

Posted: April 10, 2008 10:16 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Edgar Pena bags vegetables gown on the Arriola Farm in Oxnard during Thursday's Farmers' Market.

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It was 78 degrees with not a cloud in the sky for opening day of the Farmers' Market in Newhall on Thursday.

The small, open-air market on Market Street featured vendors selling granola, hummus, vegetables and strawberries.

Juan Arrola, an owner of Arrola Farm in Somis, brought an array of produce that included fava beans, celery root, beets and lettuce.

Although most of his vegetables can be found in local supermarkets, he said his produce is much fresher.

"It's fresh picking every day," Arrola said. Because the market is certified by the county, the farmers are required to attend the event to offer assistance to their customers, according to Phil Lantis, arts and events coordinator for the city.

He said shoppers also find more variety at the Farmers' Market than at the local stores.

The market also showcases local bands to give it "a new image," Lantis said.

This year's market is in a new location, now on Market Street between Main Street and Walnut Street. Vendors typically come from throughout Southern California. Though Thursday's market had only a few vendors, organizers said it will likely pick up in the coming weeks.

Newhall resident Ruthe Young said she always rounds up her neighbors in Friendly Valley to go with her to the Farmers' Market.

"We really try to support (the market) and get everybody to support it," she said.

She said the vegetables are not only fresher, but are sometimes less expensive than at the grocery stores.

"We're on a limited income and we find we save money. During these times, I think everyone will save money," she said.

She said she always goes straight for the heritage tomatoes and then the strawberries.

"I love the strawberry man. He has the best strawberries," she said.

The market will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 30.

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