|5/9/2013 9:45:00 PM|
Prescott Farmers Market resumes Saturday
|The Daily Courier, file|
A vendor bags dandelion leaves for a customer at a past Prescott Farmers Market.
The Daily Courier
The Prescott Farmers Market, which started in 1996, will take on a Mother's Day theme when it resumes Saturday, and will offer more "kid-friendly" activities for its duration through October, its new managing director said.
Because Mother's Day falls on Sunday, the debut farmers market will have a paint-a-flowerpot event Saturday at the parking lot at Yavapai College, Heather Houk said. The college is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.
"Kids cane come and decorate a flowerpot and plant seeds for their moms," said Houk, who is married and has a 4-year-old son, Noah.
Houk said the Prescott Public Library will offer story time at 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday, and performances by alternative jazz musician Jonathan Best and belly dancers will take place on opening day.
She envisions other events at the farmers market for children, including a veggie derby (with farmers donating zucchini) and a weekly scavenger hunt.
The farmers market also will feature more than 60 vendors, including ranchers and farmers who are new to the market that also will take place in Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. The farmers market features vendors who sell organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, eggs, goat soap, honey, tamales and other ready-to-eat foods, as well as merchandise.
"We are an Arizona growers market," Houk said. At least 10 percent of the product must be produced or grown in the state.
Houk replaced former market manager Erin Lingo, who is leaving next week to move to Richmond, Va., because her partner, Emma, is from there, Lingo said.
Houk, 42, of Groom Creek said her new job fits in with her field of study at Prescott College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in agro-ecology and community development in 2001 and a master's degree in sustainability education in 2012.
She worked at Prescott College from 2000 to 2008, and started the Community Supported Agriculture co-op on campus where consumers buy food from local growers. She also was events coordinator for the students in the residential program.
Since then, she has worked at a camp for the Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scouts Council, where her husband, Wayne, is property manager. She continues to work for the Girl Scouts.
Houk, a native of the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, said she started with the farmers market, then on Goodwin and Cortez streets, in 1999, helping with vendors. She joined the board in 2000, and headed the board until around 2005 or 2006.
Like Houk, Lingo graduated from Prescott College, with a bachelor's degree in eco-psychology in 2007 and a master's degree in community food systems in 2012.
"It's been amazing," Lingo said about her stint as market manager. "It has taught me so much about local food systems. I learned about the needs of farmers and how valuable direct farming is."
The farmers market will take place from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 26 at the college, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays from June 6 to Oct. 24 at the Walgreens parking lot in Chino Valley and the same time Tuesdays June 25 to Oct. 1 at the parking lot of Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.
For more information, log onto www.prescottfarmersmarket.org.
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