CATHEDRAL CITY — With Mayor Kathy DeRosa absent and a vote of 4-0, the Cathedral City council approved a year-round permit for a certified farmers market to be located on the vacant lot adjacent to the Desert IMAX Theater on East Palm Canyon Drive.
Lori Herbel, a certified producer from Yucca Valley, who also runs the Joshua Tree Certified Farmers’ Market, said she is hoping to keep the market up and running year-round.
“They have farmers markets all year in Las Vegas; I don’t see why we can’t have one here — the application is for the whole year,” Herbel said told The Desert Sun. Councilman Stan Henry said before the meeting that all previous farmers markets in Cathedral City have only operated in winter months because of the relentless summer heat.
When asked if the summer heat could thwart her plans for a year-round market, Herbel said: “I have operated farmers market in Joshua Tree during snow days and in temperatures of 112 degrees.”
Herbel seemed surprised by the notion that the market would only operate in winter months. Regardless of the weather, she said she would research ways to accommodate the farmers, some of whom will be coming from as far away as San Bernardino and San Diego counties.
The market will start Nov. 3, and operate on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature a variety of farmers, bakers, local artisans and musicians.With Wednesday night’s approval, Cathedral City joins the cities of Palm Springs, La Quinta and Palm Desert on the farmers market bandwagon, all of which are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center.
In the same vote of approval, the Cathedral City council also green-lighted a plan for an Interfusion Music Summit. Source
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