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Farmers markets back in season


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Farmers markets are back in business, starting this week in Clovis and Portales.

Farmers markets are returning to Clovis and Portales this week.

Starting Monday, a market will be open at 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the corner of West First Street and South Avenue B in Portales.

Starting Saturday, the Clovis market will open at 8 a.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Goodwin Lake Walking Trail on North Prince Street.

Both markets are expected to run through the end of October.

Products will fluctuate depending on the growing season, Director Margie Plummer said, adding that green beans, onions, squash, collard greens, new potatoes and honey will be immediately available.

"As the market goes, we have the okra, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, all of those things, but it'll just be a little while before all that's ready," she said.

Plummer said a few vendors have indicated they will be selling baked goods as well.

Both markets will be participating in the Double Up Food Bucks program, which allows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to qualify for double what they spend using their SNAP card.

"If they scan for $20, they get $40 worth of tokens to purchase food," Plummer said.


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