Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market celebrates 30 Years

The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market will celebrate its 30th birthday on Saturday, June 4  with a community event complete with all types of fun activities for all ages.  The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the farmers’ market area and also throughout the Main Street Mini Park, located on the corners of East Santa Clara and Palm Streets, south of the 300 block of Main Street.  A special presentation will be held at 8:30 a.m. to thank the original visionaries and participants who brought the market into Downtown Ventura.

Along with chef demonstrations, the celebration will feature a customer appreciation booth with free giveaways, a children’s area with face painting and activities, community information booths and tasty birthday cake, which will be given out while supplies last.  Special food offerings will include a tri-tip BBQ from the Busy Bee Café and several food trucks including Scratch, a local favorite.

Gene West, toy maker will also be on hand to share his handmade wooden toy creations.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Jerry McWorter and the Hot Roux Band from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Environmental Sustainability Division for the City of Ventura’s Public Works Department will provide attendees with information on food waste prevention, edible food recovery and backyard composting.  In addition, the community can also learn how the farmers’ are adapting to the drought by viewing a continuous screening of ‘Water Woes:  We Plan for Your Eating”.

’“We look forward to thanking the community for its overwhelming support over the last 30 years,” sated Karen Schott, Operations Manager for the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association.  “This community has proven that it cares about our farmers and accessing local food.”

For more information on the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association visit

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