The Rotary Club of San Antonio is getting a fresh start on a popular trend – the farmers market.
The nonprofit will host its first San Antonio Farmers Market on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the San Antonio City Park, at 32810 Pennsylvania Ave.
In the future, the farmers market will be held every second Saturday of the month, at the same time and place.
“It will be really festive,” said Winnie Burke, the club’s president.
The market will offer fresh produce, yard art, baked goods and more. Local musicians will entertain. Rotary club volunteers will sell hot dogs and popcorn.
Wines from Brooksville vineyards will be sold, but Burke said a city alcohol ban in the park, means “it’s not for drinking in the park.”
The seed for the farmers market sprouted after a local produce stand on State Road 52 shut down.
“People were telling us they wanted a place to buy produce,” said Burke. “It grew from there.”
The second Saturday was chosen so as not to compete with Dade City’s farmers market, Burke added.
The rotary club has a loyal group of about 15 volunteers, who will organize the monthly event.
“Our club is pretty small,” Burke said. “But, we try to be active.”
Rotarian fundraisers help support local charities and community projects including playground equipment at the city park. The club also supports a girls’ mentoring program and food giveaways to area schools.
The Rotary Club of San Antonio was founded in 2005, and is one of eight clubs in east Pasco County.
Rotarians are governed by Rotary International, which has about 1.2 million members in 32,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas, according to the international organization’s website.
Published January 11, 2017