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Old 08-07-2015, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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So they finally moved to the Art Center building (old USO) from their prior location. And, as usual, sold out of fruits and vegetables nearly instantaneously. However, it's nice to see that this many people came out to something in Corpus.

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The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers’ Market moved to The Art Center of Corpus Christi last night and 1,600 people came out to check it out.

We’ll repeat that: 1,600 people—more than double the amount of the largest Farmers’ Market we’ve ever had prior—showed up to support #healthycommunity and a #vitaldowntown. 1,600 people came downtown to buy locally-produced food and gifts a few steps away from our beautiful Bayfront on a Wednesday night.

We don’t just say, “Thank you” to each and every one of you that came out, our vendors, our volunteers and The Art Center.
We say, “Congratulations, Corpus Christi!”

1600 people did not mind the traffic issues that accompanied this explosion of downtown activity. We’ll get that worked out. No problem.

They did not mind walking one tenth of a mile from our offsite parking area to The Market. They got a little exercise, checked out the Sherill Park veterans’ memorials and were thankful for the experience.

They did not mind that the move occurred during the slowest growing time of the year. It’s 105 degrees outside and tender veggies don’t grow in that heat. They’re eager for September and October’s harvests and they left asking questions about the point of origin of all that produce available in the supermarket. If that produce is not from within 200 miles of Corpus Christi (The Farmers’ Market’s point of origin limit), where exactly was it grown?

Rather, they purchased every item available from over a dozen local, small businesses. They took home locally-grown produce, locally-roasted coffee, locally-crafted cheese, locally-baked bread, locally-caught seafood, locally-harvested honey. They ate from two food trucks and two restaurants. They enjoyed live music. They enjoyed an adult beverage while talking to friends (and making new ones). They people watched. They led their children through a beautiful gallery filled with art of all kinds. They enjoyed a vibe that does not exist elsewhere locally.


They created something real—something vital.

They made history.

Yesterday could not have been a larger success. Thank you for coming down, braving the traffic, walking to and from your car (the round trip distance of less than one lap of a high school track), and enjoying the foundation moment of what will become a weekly destination point for the city and our tourists.

Together, we are creating a #healthycommunity and a #vitaldowntown.

Isn’t it exciting?
https://www.facebook.com/CorpusChris...nFarmersMarket
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Old 08-07-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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Awesome! Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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I didn't go that day and I couldn't believe it when I saw how many people went. Hope it inspires others to grow and sell locally. As far as I know, the Saturday Farmers Market on Everhart doesn't have as many visitors and doesn't sell out as quickly. When I first started going to that one, sometimes I'd be one of only 3 or 4 customers. So proud of the organizers and growers.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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The art walk was particularly well attended this week as well. Maybe finally we have some sense of community appearing.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:38 AM
 
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The art walk was particularly well attended this week as well. Maybe finally we have some sense of community appearing.
Do you ever go down to the seawall on Friday or Saturday evening? We go sometimes to walk and people watch and I'm always amazed at all the activity. When the sun finally releases its grip, lots of people go out to walk, cycle, run, skate, fish and visit. If you haven't done that lately, you should give it a try.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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One of the interesting facts about Farmer's Markets here is that the issue with them growing is not community interest it's lack of farmers. The Southside market does very well as well. Many of the farmers are people who grow in their backyards and all the markets need more vendors.
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