Farmers Market coming to Meyers
August 8, 2009
The first Meyers Farmers Market comes to town on Sunday.
Fresh produce will be available from 2-7 p.m. every Sunday in August, event organizer Alex Mellon said.
Mellon originally discussed the idea with Meyers Downtown Cafe owner Billy Ramsey, who encouraged Mellon to make it a reality.
“I’m real proud of him,” Ramsey said. “It’s a great idea for the community of Meyers.”
Ramsey has lived in the area for about 38 years. Both of his children attended Meyers Elementary School, and he said lot of old residents have moved out of the area, and the market is a way to bring that tight knit community back together.
“If you want to have a thriving community, you need to have something that brings people together,” Mellon said.
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The market is a California Certified Farmers Market – a place where farmers sell their crops directly to the public.
To become California Certified, the market must be operated by a nonprofit agency. The Lions Club has sponsored the event to give it a nonprofit status, Mellon said.
The market is starting with 10 booths, and Mellon wants it to grow.
Mellon has owned a home in Meyers for 10 years, and said he wants the community to continue to expand. The farmers market in South Lake Tahoe is a great asset, and operating one in Meyers on a non-competing day is something the area needs, he said.
“More people are going to visit, which is going to help the growth of the whole town,” Mellon said.
A lot of people in town work in the service industry, and most have Sunday evenings off, Mellon said. That’s why he chose Sunday afternoon and evenings to schedule the event. The other market is open Tuesday mornings.
The Divided Sky owner Brian Levy also likes to frequent the market in South Lake Tahoe, and thinks that both markets will be supported.
The market will be in the parking lot by The Divided Sky and the Meyers Downtown Cafe, and everyone is encouraged to visit, Mellon said.