By Stephanie Yost
Idyllwild Community Center Board President
Although temperatures are dropping and the first snow has arrived, the Farmers Market will remain open. It is moving indoors at Town Hall beginning Sunday, Dec. 1. Market hours will be the same as they have been, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday.
Both the vendors and the local “regulars” are excited about the plan. In the past, once Idyllwild's weather became too chilly, the Farmers Market left the Hill for several months. Now that the Farmers Market is located at Town Hall, it can operate year-round.
“Now there’s no excuse for anyone in our community to miss the Farmers Market. This is a great benefit to the Hill and definitely to the HELP Center, which has a booth every week,” said Idyllwild HELP Center Thrift Store Manager Julia Ledesma.
Vendor participation can vary a bit from week to week. Typically visitors to the market will find locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, organic honey, eggs, avocados, fresh juices, a pop-up booth from the HELP Center Thrift Store, as well as handmade wooden cutting boards, spoons, unique jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions, handmade knitted and crocheted gifts and baby items. Sometimes, live music is provided by various local musicians.
Unless the roads into town are significantly impacted by snow or construction, count on the Farmers Market as a reliable weekly community event.