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Phone: 951-956-2120
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New Look, Location and Health Focus for Farmers Market

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch and his wife, Kay, make a purchase at a previous Farmers Market. The Perris Farmers Market returns Aug. 24 at Mercado Park at 10th and D Streets.Perris Mayor Daryl Busch and his wife, Kay, make a purchase at a previous Farmers Market. The Perris Farmers Market returns Aug. 24 at Mercado Park at 10th and D Streets.

The Perris Farmers Market returns Aug. 24 with new vendors and a new location—the recently opened Mercado Park at 10th and D Streets.

The 2013 version of the Farmers Market continues the City of Perris’ commitment to living well through healthy eating and exercise. The City is partnering with several vendors and public agencies to stress the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, healthy cooking and finding replacements for sugary and high-calorie soft drinks.

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch and City Council members are enthusiastic supporters of the Farmers Market. The City’s “Step Out to Work Out” program, which features elected representatives working out with members of the public, will be held at Mercado Park to coincide with the resumption of the Farmers Market.

Mayor Busch and his wife, Kay, have frequented the Farmers Market in previous years when it was on D Street near the Perris Theatre. They will again in 2013.

“I am excited about the new location and hope it brings out more people than ever,” Busch said. “It’s a big deal for the City and it’s a big deal for the community. We hope they take advantage of the great and healthy food choices the Farmers Market has to offer.”

City Councilman Julio Rodriguez will be working out with hula hoops that day as part of the Step Out to Work Out. Then he’s Farmers Market bound.

“It’s great that we get to bring the Farmers Market to the Step Out to Work Out program,” he said. “It’s another example of the City’s commitment to bring quality food choices and alternatives to our residents. It shows that we are taking seriously the need to educate the City about the alternatives which can lead to longer and healthier lives.”

Vendors who will be taking part in the upcoming Farmers Market include fruit and vegetable farmers, an arts and crafts expert, a vendor selling honey and jams and a bakery.

The City is teaming with the Riverside County Department of Public Health, which will send representatives with dietary and cooking tips to avoid fatty foods and sugary drinks. Representatives from the county’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program will be on hand to provide vouchers to purchase healthy-food options to the first 50 income-qualified people attending the Aug. 24 Farmers Market.

The upcoming Farmers Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Aug. 24. For more information, contact Michelle Ogawa at 951-943-4610, ext. 264.

To see flyers with more information on the Farmers Market (in English and Spanish), click here.