Weekends are not always so quiet on campus. Every Sunday morning in parking lot 8 to the north of Cougar Stadium, the Ventura County Farmer’s Market sets up shop. Santa Clarita residents have the opportunity to buy farm fresh produce and support local farmers at the same time.
According to their website, all farmers and producers must raise, catch, gather, grow or otherwise produce the product they sell. They must also have proof of production, have their site inspected, meet all county and state health department regulations and be licensed.
One of the advantages of buying produce from the Farmer’s Market is that you can develop a relationship with the people who actually grow the food they are selling, and inquire about their growing techniques and procedures. “If I go to a store and buy corporate food, I have no idea where in the world it was grown and how it was grown”, said Jack Tucker, who frequents the Farmer’s Market every weekend.
Another benefit of the Farmer’s Market is that you can generally get a taste of the food before you buy it. We have all had the experience in the past of buying a fruit or vegetable from the local market which looks good, but failed to live up to expectations once it was eaten. Tasting the food beforehand is also a good way of trying fruit that you may not be familiar with, you can find out if you like it or not before you buy.
For more information on the Ventura County Farmer’s Market, you can visit their website at www.vccfarmersmarket.com.