Downtown Needles, CA: Large turnout from the community to get fresh fruit and vegetables from a new accessible pop-up produce market at Santa Fe Park.

Downtown Needles, CA: Large turnout from the community to get fresh fruit and vegetables from a new accessible pop-up produce market at Santa Fe Park.

There was a large turnout from the community to receive fresh fruit and vegetables from a new accessible pop-up produce market that was set up on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

People lined up to get a bag full of fresh fruit and vegetables for only $5.00 as well as get free non perishable items and clothing.

Since the closing of the only grocery store in May 2014, the people of Needles, California have continued to ask for a place to get fresh fruit and vegetables, which unless you have transportation to get a few miles into Arizona to get to a market, is not possible to get fresh fruit and vegetables locally.

The new accessible pop-up produce market was put together thanks to Needles City Council Member Tona Belt, Desert Manna, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the City of Needles to give the people in the Needles, California area a place to get fresh fruit and vegetables.

ZachNews spoke with Darrin Fikstad, President and CEO of Desert Manna, and Tona Belts, member of the Needles City Council, about the accessible pop-up produce market, how this accessible pop-up produce market was put together and what the large turnout from our community means to you.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt tells ZachNews that we’ve been out of a store for a few years and at this time we aren’t able to secure a grocery market, adding “but if we can get these little pop-up markets to try to get fresh fruit and vegetables, and non perishable items to the community, I and my council members will be willing to work and do whatever we can to do this for our community.”

Darrin Fikstad tells ZachNews that he was pleased to partner up with Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the City of Needles for this first event and was very pleased with the turnout by the community which cleared all they brought to the accessible pop-up produce market.

Darrin Fikstad also tells ZachNews that he was pleased to see the new council and community were really serious about getting to the next step and we’re going to continue to do that.

The new Needles City Mayor Jeff William was seen at the event, talking with people in line and met with Darrin Fikstad, President and CEO of Desert Manna.

The next time and date for the accessible pop-up produce market is still in planning, but will be announced as soon as a time and date is officially set.

Well the community continues to hope for a grocery store to come to their community, organizations like Desert Manna and Society of St. Vincent de Paul with help by the City of Needles and caring volunteers will do whatever they can to continue to help the community get access to fresh fruit and vegetables, and we all thank those great people who do come and answer the call from the people of Needles, California.

Thanks to Needles City Council Member Tona Belt, Desert Manna, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the City of Needles for organizing this accessible pop-up produce market.

For more information about Desert Manna, please contact Desert Manna at: 1 (760) 256-7797.

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http://desertmanna.com/index.html

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