CALIFORNIA CITY – The Cal City Certified Farmer’s Market continued into its second week with a busy flow of people throughout the morning Oct 2.
Responding to community requests, the market doubled its produce options from three to six this week and accepts SNAP and EBT benefits. The market also offers a free family fun center dedicated to kids.
R.E.A.C.H. founders Shauna and Ryan Royten said they have seen hundreds of people since the market kicked off, giving a special thanks to ACE Hardware for sponsoring. They said vendors traveled from Bakersfield, Lancaster, and even Los Angeles to come support California City.
“The opening was very inspirational,” Shauna Royten said. “It showed the community that this is viable, that there is an interest in fresh foods and vegetables.”
Visitors were welcomed into the market by the Royten family who offered homemade natural candles and lavender bundles. People could be seen chatting with neighbors and trying on jewelry and apparel made by vendors. There has also been community support in the form of donations, including the local garden club that donated plants.
Sticking to their goal of community involvement, R.E.A.C.H. brings an educational resource to the market each week to engage visitors and inspire healthier living.
This week’s special guests were the Kiosef family, beekeepers who run Kingbee Apiaries and Pollination. Chris Kiosef and his children arrived in their beekeeping uniforms to educate the public on the benefits of natural honey and the importance of pollination.
Shauna Royten believes the market will continue to grow as visitors spread the word and hopes one day to expand to a larger location to allow for better parking.
“We are so grateful to the community, Shauna Royten said. “Our city really needed something like this.”
The farmer’s market is on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.