Organizers of the Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers Market are hoping that the third time’s the charm.
The Farmers Market/marketplace has moved again, this time to the area next to the gazebo behind City Hall.
The market had been held Saturday mornings in the Bishop City Park for years. At the beginning of this year’s season, organizers and some participants wanted to move the market to Friday nights on Main Street, next to Talmage Park. The market will still be from 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays until mid-November, weather and harvests permitting.
The new location offers the event more room to grow, if needed, plenty of parking and a major component the other location lacked – shade. Some growers were having to invest in ice chests and ice to transport their fresh-grown goodies and keep them from wilting in the relentless summer sun.
And, as expected by one of the market’s organizers and all-around Bishop business advocate Dee Younger, the market has grown to include a little bit of everything.
This past Friday, members of the Bishop Paiute Tribe were selling raffle tickets to support their many Elders programs.
The advocates for a Dog Park in the City Park were on hand telling interested folks what was happening and what the group wanted. The advocates are looking to raise $20,000 for sod for the proposed 1.5-acre park. The park will be a place for dogs and their humans to socialize and stretch their legs.
Each week also includes artisans showing off their art, in person. Bishop Union High School senior Wendy Parmenter, a knitter, has taken to spinning her own yarn. With wool from Goat Hollow Farms, Parmenter spins her own yarn, not as part of 4-H or other group, but for herself and her own products.
Kellie Bell of Sierra Suds and Scents, a collection of soaps and other good-smelling items, can be found selling her goods at the market.
Katy Hemler of Keriam Luma has been making and selling jewelry for four years and she said she appreciates a place to display and sell her necklaces, bands and feathers.
Emily Fischer of Alpine Glow had a collection of hand-sewn knits and other crocheted items on display last Friday.
When asked why he has pushed to see the market expand, Younger said, “I really want to see something happen.”
He said he has even more plans. Norm Matoza has generously donated the use of a commercial barbecue, and Younger said he’s hoping someone will have the know-how and proper licensing to fire it up. Younger said he wants the market to be a place where the community can come together and bring their families. He said he wants to see kids and parents having fun, listening to lots of live music, enjoying picnics and sitting around in lawn chairs.
Younger moved to Mammoth to open his T-shirt business Mountain Apparel in 1989 and moved to Bishop in 2000.
His passion for promoting business in Bishop and his wealth of ideas is unmatched, according to more than one vendor.
For more information about the market or to be a produce vendor, call the City of Bishop at (760) 873-5863. Non-produce vendors may contact Younger at (760) 872-4655 or (760) 258- 7314.