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Meeting set today (April 27) for Kingman Farmers Market plans

KINGMAN - The Planning Committee/Friends of the Kingman Farmers Market are trying to organize a monthly farmers market.

Those interested may contact Chairman Dan Peters for more information or attend the next committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Mohave Extension Office, 101 E. Beale Street.

Farmers markets typically sell locally grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, fresh baked goods and other foodstuffs.

The grand opening is scheduled Sept. 17 at 102 E. Beale St.

"The goal of the market is to promote local production of agricultural and hand-made specialty products," said Peters during a recent planning meeting. "But what that will look like is not up to a small group of us. It's up to all the residents of Kingman."

Access to fresh, high-quality food is an ongoing issue in Kingman and other parts of Mohave County, especially for people who have low incomes or don't have reliable transportation. People who are enrolled in food assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will be able get items at of the market through a voucher system.

SNAP recipients will be able to use their electronic banking transfer cards.

In addition to being a source of community and healthy, local food for community residents, the Kingman Farmers Market will help small business owners test their products and marketing with little risk. This will benefit the community by encouraging and supporting small business growth, keeping dollars in the community and building relationships between growers and consumers.

The Planning Committee will conduct a community survey to measure the level of interest in a farmers market and people's willingness to attend one. The survey will be conducted by committee members, Mohave County Extension Staf, and Mohave Public Health Services Staff at community meetings, workshops, and events.

If you are interested in helping with the survey efforts, contact Peters at 928-753-3788 or via email at danpeters@email.arizona.edu, or go online to www.kingmanfarmersmarket.org. Kingman Farmers Market also has a Facebook page.

The organization is working toward obtaining nonprofit status.