Lead volunteer Ruby Tanya Cruz of the Negros Farmers Weekend Market said they are happy to be given the opportunity to help farmers increase their income by providing them a venue where they can sell their products straight to consumers and at the right price.
The 1.2-hectare Negros Farmers Weekend Market at Magsaysay Avenue, Bacolod City, that marked its first anniversary Saturday, is a public education project of D.C. Cruz Trading Corp. and Herbe Foundation that teaches people to live a healthier life.
Lead volunteer Ruby Tanya Cruz of the Negros Farmers Weekend Market being interviewed by Chrysee Gerona Samillano of Visayan Daily Star and Vice President of Negros Press Club during first anniversary celebration.
The market, that is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturdays, aims to give buyers a mix of farm-fresh products and services while providing a regular trading venue for local farmers.
Cruz said that aside from providing the local farmers a market, their purpose is to also change the mindset of the public and raise their awareness of issues involving the environment, health, and sustainable agriculture.
There are about seven big groups of farmers who sell their products at the weekend market, and the rest are vendors who are in the food business and have no restaurants, she said.
Cruz said there are about 55 vendors at the weekend market and some have regular jobs but love to sell food because it is their passion.
The celebration of the first anniversary of the Negros Farmers Weekend Market along Magsaysay Avenue was a huge success!
Shoppers and well-wishers from all walks of life came to the NFWM as early as 7 in the morning to join the celebration.
The festivities were officially ushered in by a short program, emceed by public relations mogul Alan Gensoli.
Ruth Cruz, Ruby C. Cruz and Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella with Japanese tourists.
Ruth Cruz, president of D.C. Cruz Trading Corporation welcomed and thanked everyone who made the festivity possible.