HOLTVILLE – The City of Holtville will host the Farmers Market and Street Fair on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Holtville City Hall which is located in Holt Park.
These family friendly events are held on the third Thursday of every month in Holt Park. The events are free and open to the public, feature fresh produce and a wide variety of delicious, healthy and ready to eat food.
The Farmers Market also features live entertainment, fresh produce, delicious ready to eat food, and unique hand created goods and fine art, as well as cooking demonstrations.
The Holtville Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday event, Christmas in the Park begins at 6pm. With the assistance of Turning Point Ministries, Holt Park has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be visiting from the North Pole and will arrive with an escort courtesy of the Holtville Fire Department. Families are encouraged to come and take their holiday photos.
Live entertainment will also be provided. Holiday music begins at 6pm and will include performances by the Holtville Middle School Band, the Holtville High School Band and the Holtville High School Choir.
The Holtville Chamber of Commerce will provide hot chocolate and cookies free of charge.
In addition to the special visitors from the North Pole, the Farmers Market and Street Fair will have their unique mix of delicious food, fresh produce and unique gift and craft items.
“One of the joys of living in Holtville is the Farmers Market and Street Fair.Â I love being able to buy homemade items, many from Holtville and the Imperial Valley. Depending on the season, you just might find your favorite vegetable too! Please come and join us as a vendor or participant this fall for some great gifts as well,” said Mayor David Bradshaw.
One of the objectives of these events is to provide a source of locally grown fresh produce.Â There will be a gardening demonstration. Vince Zazueta will talk about the proper soil mixture and demonstrate seed sowing for micro greens.
Micro greens include kale, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, bok choy, and arugula.Â Micro greens are nutritious and suitable for table top gardening. The demonstration is free and will be open to the public. Mr. Zazueta manages the Sixth Street Garden and the El Centro Community Center Garden.
A wide range of fresh produce will be available. A number of farmers will be donating produce to the Holtville High School Future Business Leaderâ€™s of America Club.
“It not only gives our city the opportunity to show everyone the new additions, but gives the citizens time to get out and see friends and family.Â An evening to visit and enjoy food, entertainment and good weather during our winter months,” noted Mayor Pro Tem Ginger Ward.
“Holtville’s Farmers Market and Street Fair enhances the outstanding quality of life enjoyed by our residents and visitors alike”, noted Council Member Mike Goodsell.
“Come on down and join us for dinner. We promise that you and your family will enjoy a delicious meal. You will have a great time!”
“What I like about the Farmers Market most are the people.Â At every one of these events I have run into friends that I have not seen in a long time.
Many of them are visiting from out of town. Also, I like seeing all of the families spending time together,” noted Holtville City Council Member Richard Layton.
Produce and Natural product vendors include Holtville High School’s Future Business Leaderâ€™s of America, Quihuis Fresh Produce, Marilynâ€™s Country Store pickled vegetables, jams and jellies, Kilahâ€™s Dates, Green Acres produce, Marisolâ€™s Floral Shop fresh cut flowers and plants and Tuttle Bee Company’s fresh locally grown honey.
“The Holtville Farmers Market is just another way to bring people to our city, giving them a chance to experience that Holtville charm.
I think that people like to come to Holtville, and by adding these kinds of events,Â we give them another reason to come to Holtville and spend time here,” notedÂ Holtville City Council MemberÂ James Predmore.
“We invite you to come to the Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fair to stock up on farm fresh produce, delicious foods and baked goodsâ€ stated Farmers Market Coordinator and Holtville City Clerk Glyn Snyder, CMC.
Delicious Bites vendors will include United Methodist Churchâ€™s baked goods, First Assembly of Godâ€™s nachos, pepper bellies and popcorn, Cookies by Chris, Lovioâ€™s Kettle Corn and Shaved Ice, Wild West Kettle Corn, El Rey Del Taco, Old Town Restaurantâ€™s carne asada tacos and hotdogs, Calvary Chapelâ€™s baked goods, Spearâ€™s Shaved Ice, Holtville Band Boosters fruit cocktails, Sweet Blessings baked goods and Angels Wings will be selling sodas, water and chips.
Art and Gift vendors have included Fun Foamis, Flea Market Chick, Desert Collectibleâ€™s, Sweet Honey Cosmetics, Fredrickâ€™s Jewelry & Crafts, J & K Enterprises Childrenâ€™s Toys, Necklaces by Marissa, Mardalay Handbags and Accessories, I Heart Kids, El Centro Sol De Oro Lionâ€™s Club, Holtville Threads T shirts, Brightstone Fashions, Desert Deals, Sylvia Castanedaâ€™s sports blankets and handbags and Tiffany Spinneyâ€™s handmade beanies and scarfs.
“The Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fairs are a local economic development initiative. Holtville is growing business. These “Third Thursday” events are a great opportunity for small businesses to interact directly with the consumer.
We expect over 1,000 people to attend this event. There is even a role for charitable and community organizations.
A number of churches and community groups that have participated in these events have found them to be an outstanding way to both raise awareness of and funds for their organizations,” noted Holtville City Manager Alex Meyerhoff.