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Revamped Farmers Market a Roaring Success

Farmer Matthew Blua went away happy from the Perris Farmers Market: the empty produce crates tell the whole story.Farmer Matthew Blua went away happy from the Perris Farmers Market: the empty produce crates tell the whole story.

Plenty of satisfied customers and empty produce baskets brought a smile to Matthew Blua’s face when the Perris Farmers Market recently reopened at Mercado Park.

Blua, a farmer from nearby Lake Mathews, came to the farmers market with onions, zucchini, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and other produce hoping for a good day of sales. He was not disappointed.

Even before the market closed for the day, Blua was packing his truck because nothing was left to sell.

“Impressive,” he said. “The venue is awesome and things in Perris are looking really good. Things at this market have gone real well. I did not bring enough produce to meet the demand.”

A steady stream of visitors came out to the farmers market, which takes place every Saturday at Mercado Park at 10th and D Streets. This week’s market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and features a dozen vendors selling fruits, vegetables, honey, jams and other locally produced merchandise.

The revamped farmers market is part of the ongoing Live Well Perris campaign, an initiative that encourages residents to eat healthier foods and increase their physical exercising. Part of healthy eating includes substituting fruits and vegetables for sugary snacks and the farmers market emphasizes those kinds of food choices.

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough answers questions about the Perris Farmers Market from videographer Marden De Castro.Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough answers questions about the Perris Farmers Market from videographer Marden De Castro.

Perris Mayor Daryl Busch and his wife, Kay, were among those shopping at Mercado Park.  He called the venue an excellent choice for displaying healthy food choices. The park is always busy with children and families playing in the water area, shooting baskets on the ball court or climbing over playground equipment.

“We hope this market continues to grow and that the community will come out and support it,” Busch said.

Karen Ptacek liked what she saw. She’ll be returning this weekend as a vendor, selling plants and quilts. She commended Perris elected officials and administrators for putting place programs designed to “make the City grow and prosper.” Ptacek is a teacher in Perris.

“There are a lot of dedicated people in this City,” she said. “This venue is awesome. This is where it’s happening,”

Perris resident Chante Page liked the variety of produce on sale.

“I see a lot of things I can use,” Page said. “I’m looking forward to bringing my kids out here.”

A mural depicting the Live Well Perris healthy eating active living initiative was part of the farmers market reopening.A mural depicting the Live Well Perris healthy eating active living initiative was part of the farmers market reopening.

Longtime Perris resident Midgie Parker said Mercado Park is an ideal location for the farmers market. It’s right across the street from the new Mercado Apartments, which means hundreds of Perris residents are within a couple of minutes walking distance.

“This is a beautiful park, it’s well used and it will bring families to this area,” Parker said.

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez offered similar sentiments.

“I encourage people from all over Perris to come to beautiful Mercado Park and take advantage of this great farmers market,” he said.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough said the farmers market provides a great setting to walk around and look at the wares of many merchants.

“It’s got the feel and atmosphere of a local market,” Yarbrough said. “I’m glad the City was able to bring this back and I hope people have a lot of fun with it.”