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Farmers’ markets begin soon

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

With a record harvest in California, the South Lake Tahoe farmers’ markets will start another season of growth Tuesday at the American Legion Hall parking lot.

The Kahle Community Park markets will resume this summer next Friday. Both locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

El Dorado-area certified markets manager Jim Coalwell will now handle both South Shore locations, along with Placerville and El Dorado Hills.

Coalwell, a Placerville fruit grower, has a new contract with the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department to run the Kahle market on Kingsbury Grade.

“We want to keep it a farmers’ market, not a crafts fair,” he said, adding it’s a critical year for that location because variety there has been substandard. “We’re going to try real hard to give a variety of fruits and vegetables over there.”

Consumers can expect most of the old favorites and some additions at both locations.

At Kahle, Cal Farms of Elk Grove and the Fruit Factory of Fresno will bring out a range of Asian fruits and grapes, respectively. The San Francisco Bread Co. and Tahoe Soap are also set to display their wares.

The Mitchell sisters of Pollock Pines — who display their jams and jellies at the Legion Hall location — will add Kahle to the markets’ circuit, which can easily fill up the week.

“The one thing about the Tahoe market is it’s probably the best Sierra market out there,” Coalwell said.

The growers at the Legion Hall site on Highway 50 improve their sales every year, he said.

Along with the Reno farmers’ markets, the South Lake Tahoe location is Peter Vogt’s favorite. He has displayed there for seven years. Vogt’s Tahoe House seasonings and baked goods make the rounds of seven markets a week during the summer months.

In Nevada, the certified farmers’ markets will kick off sales June 5 at Lampe Park in Gardnerville.


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