Farmers market returns to make a difference

Gerard Marini serves a customer during the Saugus Certified Farmer's Market on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

The seasonal farmers market returned to Saugus with the help of a nonprofit.

Supporting Arms, an organization aimed toward helping foster youth, had its first market of the season on Saturday.

“Our ultimate goal is to obtain a facility to house these foster children and get them into programs so that they can grow up and be successful in life,” said Leonard Lozano, the event organizer.

The farmers market is more than what meets the eye – featuring clothing vendors, crafts and tamales.

“This market is really for the community, being that the nonprofit is located in Saugus,” Lozano said. “We love seeing the community come here to do their shopping to support the nonprofit.”

Tammy Roberts makes a weekly visit to the farmer’s market because of the noticeable difference with produce.

“These events attract people because they feel that the produce is more tasty and fresh than what they can get from a store,” said Roberts.

Jordan Iniguez and Jake Wallace buy salsa from the Welcome Home Soldier Foundation at the Saugus certified Farmers Market on Saturday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

“We like to go out and see the little businesses at the farmers market and support them,” Jordyn Iniguez said.

Iniguez claims that she can’t get enough of Farmers Markets.

“It helps support your community,” Iniguez said.

According to Lozano, expansion of the event is expected as more fruits and vegetables come into season.

The Saugus Certified Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bouquet Canyon Church in Saugus every Saturday until September.

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