Granger Farmers Market opens

Helen Dodd, one of Granger’s shakers and movers, picks up a few fresh tomatoes at the Fein produce booth.

Photo by Ted Escobar
Helen Dodd, one of Granger’s shakers and movers, picks up a few fresh tomatoes at the Fein produce booth.

— There were two big events planned in Granger this weekend: The weekly farmers’ market launched its second season yesterday at the KDNA Community Center Plaza, and the new splash park will have a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9.

The splash park is in Granger’s central park on main street. It is a huge pad, but it may not be big enough for opening day. Chamber President Gilberto Alaniz announced at Wednesday’s monthly regular meeting that the splash park’s Facebook page had 5,800 hits the first day.

“If that’s an indication, it may be a big opening day,” he said.

Helen Dodd, one of the community’s leaders who made the park happen, said it appears the organizers may have to order a larger supply of cupcakes.

The farmers’ market, which will go well into the fall, will operate every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In addition to a good selection of produce, there will be hot food and entertainment.

Board member Ken Fein said the first year was tough but successful. He said more vendors have shown interest this year. He said visitors should expect tamales from Lupe’s Kitchen in Toppenish. He added that Catholic Charities has contributed a kitchen where demonstration meals made from local produce can be prepared.

The chamber also learned that the WIC programs in Granger and Sunnyside will be sending their clients to the market for their fresh foods.

The chamber also heard that the planning for this year’s Washington State Menudo Cook-off Festival is under way. So far, new this year will be a kids’ zone and a beer garden.

Parks and Recreation Director Roy Cardenas reported that the short soccer season was successful. There were 110 children, or 13 teams. He said there will be t-ball and coach-pitch in the fall.

“Baseball has been lacking really bad in Granger,” he said. “They didn’t even have a team at the high school this year.”

“I mean no disrespect to Zillah, but I don’t like to see Granger kids wearing Zillah shirts,” Cardenas said. “Granger kids need to have their own programs.”

Alaniz mentioned that Alzheimer’s Impact Movement is planning to take up office space at the community center. He said there may be conferences or workshops this fall for “the most expensive disease in the U.S.”

Councilwoman Lilia Villarreal said the Dino Store at Hisey Park will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. She said there will be three movie nights in the park, with the first on June 15.

Retiring Superintendent Margarita Lopez introduced incoming Superintendent Brian Hart of Sunnyside. She said summer school will begin right after school and run through July 3. Summer school and all community kids up to 18 will be served breakfast and lunch at the Roosevelt School.

“They have to sign up as soon as possible,” she said.

Jo Klarich announced that she shut off phone service to the chamber. It was not being used, she said, and it was costing $50 per month.


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