Petrina Roudebush / Roundup
The sweet aroma of strawberries and the cacophony of farm animals draw in customers to the Pierce College Farm Market on Thursday.
Crowds of people were excited to partake in the activities including an antique carousel, pony rides, live music, petting zoo and were also able to purchase fresh produce at reasonable prices.
“The turnout was more then expected,” said Dennis Washburn, Foundation for Pierce College director, “especially for opening day.”
Since last week many improvements have been made to the overall setup and appearance of the farm center.
“What you see here is 100 percent self efficient. So we have to make it or quit,” stated Rob McBroom III, director of the Farm Center.
The Foundation for Pierce College’s employee’s have dedicated numerous hours to making the farm market desirable from all stand points and to many different people.
“My daughter is having her birthday here (at the farm center) on Sunday and today is their first night open. So I thought I would bring her here to enjoy the animals and rides,” said Anib Nahmias, Pierce equine graduate, while holding her daughter Stella, 2, in her arms.
The market includes several vendors from across Southern Calif. including Fructos Farm from Orange County and certified organic produce.
The rides and attractions are $2 per ticket, but everyone is welcome to enjoy the facilities.
Every Thursday the Farm Market will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., at no cost, on the corner of Victory Boulevard and De Soto Avenue, with free and easy accessible parking.