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Market Shines For Anniversary
LA MESA -- The collection of farmers, bread makers, olive oil purveyors and meat and flower pitchers that make up the weekly Farmers Market in La Mesa put on an extra polished performance on Friday.
Festooned with new banners to mark its 20th anniversary, there was more music, more children and a bit more than the usual buzz that surrounds the temporary tent city that forms every Friday afternoon.
The city and the market regulars were celebrating 20 years of bringing fresh farm foods directly to the people, an effort that was clearly ahead of its time when it was started two decades ago and now has become almost a battle cry for the food conscious: Grow it local!
And more and more, you can eat it here too.
The number of vendors giving samples or offering fully prepared foods has increased in recent years and -- quiet, don't tell anyone -- it is now almost possible to wander through the market, munching away on samples and avoiding the need for dinner! It's La Mesa's version of the Costco Sample Brunch that occurs, also quietly, on weekends.
And the good thing about the Farmers Markets like this in California, they occur year round. No snow and frost to force us back to the tiled aisles unless we want to.