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May 13, 2009 > Farmers' Market at Great Mall

Farmers' Market at Great Mall

By Meenu Gupta

It's time to enjoy the sun along with the benefits of eating organically grown quality food for better health. After the recent Farmers market at India Community Center (ICC), Milpitas will have yet another farmers' market, this time at Great Mall.

"The market, which started on May 3, will run until November 22 and then will start again the first Sunday of April 2010," said Chang B. Yang, a longtime farmers' market vendor and organizer of the market.

After Thanksgiving as the mall is very busy, in order to minimize traffic congestion the market will not be year round. "From December to March most agricultural vendors don't have anything to sell anyway," added Yang.

Milpitas Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit at its February 11 meeting that would allow the Farmers' Market will operate within the Great Mall parking lot located at 1100 S Main Street.

"First I obtained a zoning map from the city. I personally checked out almost every possible location. Then I picked the Great Mall because of the ample parking space and its convenient location between the two freeways - I-680 and I-880. It's accessible to the community," Yang said.

The market's hours of operation are for Sundays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The plan was to open the market on April 5, but the approval got delayed until May.

"My plan had been returned for correction a few times," Yang said. " I strongly encourage the public to park as close to the crosswalk as possible. Crossing Great Mall Dr. where there is no crosswalk may pose a hazard and so the public will be directed to cross where the crosswalk is," said Yang.

There are two entrances to this parking area. Both will be closed during 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and only pedestrian traffic is allowed.

When asked about the competition the market faces from the ICC market two miles away, Yang said, "I think both markets will be fine. I have seen some markets as close to each other as less than a mile and they do well. Two locations to serve the public are better than one because they are even more easily accessible to the public," said Yang. Yang explained "According to the environmental report, the Great Mall Farmers' market vendors will not be affected by the apple moth or apple moth quarantine."

More vendors are welcome at the Great Mall Farmer's Market. "We are in need of more vendors, especially: baked goods, honey, pre-packaged food, hot food that is cooking on site. However, all applications are welcome. There is waiting list depending on the availability of stalls and same type vendors," said Yang.

Vendors can apply sending a letter of explanation of his/her products/produce to Great Mall CFM P.O. Box 12924, Fresno, CA 93779 or email the request to gmcfm1@gmail.com or call Chang Yang at (559) 250-2674 or Eli Yang at (559) 283 1941.

Non-agricultural vendors are welcome to sell art works, crafts. They can sell what they produce or make only.

"To buy from someone else and resale is prohibited. This principle also applies to agricultural vendors as well," said Yang.

Great Mall Farmer's Market
Sunday, May 17
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Great Mall
1100 S Main St., Milpitas
(559) 250-2674

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