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Farmers market a fresh way to help

Hundreds of people showed up at Grace Community Church for the Community Action Partnership of Kern Farmers Market early Saturday morning.

Volunteers pre-bagged most of the produce so attendees could just grab and go.

Produce available included fresh ears of corn, cauliflower, butter lettuce, cilantro, large tomatoes and oranges. Also available were red and white potatoes and cans of pumpkin and tomato sauce.

CAPK volunteers assisted attendees by filling their bags with items.

Wasco High senior Tiffany Ugalde assisted the Downtown Business Association's Camillo Vasquez by bagging tomatoes. Next to Ugalde, Vasquez was bagging fresh oranges. The oranges were so popular that the market ran out of them just before the noon closing time.

Seasoned shoppers arrived prepared with their own reusable shopping bags, rolling carts, wagons or personal dollies,

Maria Verduzco, CAPK's family services and migrant childcare program coordinator, served at one of the sign-up tables and answered questions about the program.

Verduzco said the migrant childcare program, the only one of its kind, was established in 1999 and is funded through the California Department of Education. It can be found in eight counties, including Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera and Merced.

There are several different types of childcare options available for parents to choose from, including a licensed childcare center, a licensed family childcare home, an in-home childcare provider (nanny), and an in-home childcare professional.

In order to qualify for the migrant childcare alternative payment program, the monthly income for a family of one or two cannot exceed $4,173. For a family of four, it cannot exceed $5,256.

Donations for the CAPK Farmers Market were provided by Adart Brothers, Bolthouse, Carreon Vineyards, Country Sweet Produce, Grimmway Farms, Johnston Farms, Kern Ridge Growers, Mazzei-Francon, Sun World, Kirschenman Enterprises, Moore Farms, Mr. Box, T.D. Produce Sales, Tasteful Selections, Tri-Fanucchi Farms, Varsity Produce Sales, Wonderful, Cuyama Orchards and A Sign Factory.

Another farmers market is planned for next Wednesday at 4 p.m. across the street from the Wasco sheriff's substation.


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