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Community - June 6, 2012

Farmers' market celebrates 20 years in Menlo Park

Downtown Menlo Park got a lot livelier on Sundays when the farmers' market opened in 1992. To celebrate 20 years of bringing fresh produce and entertainment, the founders will present each farmer with a commemorative book on June 10, according to sponsor Nancy Couperus.

The Menlo Park Live Oak Lions Club and a group of downtown merchants have helped turn stall fees into $521,758 in donations to local nonprofits and national disaster efforts since the market began, according to Ms. Couperus. She said the market also gives about 600 pounds of produce a week to food banks and other community assistance organizations.

For its 20th anniversary, "We're not planning an extravaganza, but we will be thanking all of our farmers for being part of what has become a Menlo Park institution," she said.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays in the Chestnut Street parking lot between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.


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