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Outreach: Farmers Market

Posted by soriasoria on June 28, 2010

Farmers Market Outreach

Long Branch

Wednesday June 24 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm we visited the farmers market located in Long Branch, 98 degrees but we were able to talk to over 20 neighbors one on one.

Neighbors came out with their entire families to buy products offered by Farmers Market and taste delicious pupusas made by neighbors living in the area, by the way they were following the World Cup as well wearing the Argentina and Mexico jersey supporting their team.

Rosa Sanchez like always was there supporting our neighbors, this time trough Farmers Market. Its great to see how involved our neighbors are with the community and always finding ways to support each other.

We had a very interesting conversation with Isabel Lopez a neighbor that was buying some products for her family and at the same time asking what were the possibilities of her selling some products every Wednesday at the farmers market, we gave Rosa’s contact information to her and they will be contacting each other to go over the requirements to sell some products there. She also mentioned the interest in our Micro Business cohort and English classes.

A very touching story came form Vilma Ramirez mother of two kids and one of them just three years old that had gone through a liver transplant a year ago, she felt blessed to have her daughter feeling much better and mentioned us her interest on trying to open a small business (micro business cohort) and helping her family as her husband just works part time.

The story of the day came from Salomon a neighbor that was with his daughter participating in the kids coloring area that farmers market offers. Salomon is without a job for the past year and most of all has very big fear to apply for a new job as he was treated in a very bad and  humiliating way with his previous employer.

He has the intention on opening his own business ( Micro business cohort) and focusing on giving extra support and quality working environment to his employees and mentioned that’s his way on giving and supporting his community and his neighbors. Its was also great to find out Salomon had been through the LEDC small business programs they offer.

We will be back next Wednesday and  hope to have more one on ones with our neighbors and find ways to support them.


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