A fine morning, with temperatures in the 70s and no rain, was perfect for a successful first anniversary party at the Pearl Farmers Market today.
“It’s been good, really good,” said organic farmers and vendors Eugene and Yolanda Martinez, of Martinez Farm in Pleasanton. Their certified organic, colorful squash, cucumbers and onions were selling well.
“We sold out of beef at eleven,” said Johnny Walker, a few booths further down. Walker’s mother-in-law, Linda Perez, raises the grass-fed cattle at her L&M ranch south of San Antonio. “Everyone is so appreciative and they value our product so much. We couldn’t be happier,” Perez said.
The market manager, Tatum Evans, had planned for the possibility of rain. Many of the vendors were set up inside the Full Goods building breezeway, but others were comfortable under white canopies in the parking lot.
The Alamo City Community Marching Band played marches and oldies— a twirler even joined them for “Rock Around the Clock.” Chefs offered demonstrations and samples and Evans’ mom, visiting for the birthday celebration, cut birthday cake. Vendors inside sold everything from cheese scones to lavender soap to olive leaf tea.
All in all, it was a good day for a party, and a positive send-off for the farmers market, going into its second year.
Below, the Alamo City Community Marching Band plays at the Pearl’s birthday party Saturday. The group, founded in 2002, can often be seen and heard performing at parades and public events.