Date now set for opening of new Farmer’s Market
The Arona Farmer’s Market will open its doors to the public on October 14th, it has been confirmed.
One hundred farmers in the agricultural sector attend a meeting at the complex in Valle San Lorenzo.
The market will have more than 60 stalls, a covered parking area with 70 places and will operate every Saturday and Sunday.
This was announced by the Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, and councillor for economic promotion and the primary sector, Dácil León Reverón, before the 100 producers who attended a meeting at the complex, located In Valle San Lorenzo, to finalise the inscription details and technical processes.
Attendees, mostly farmers, winegrowers, farmers and pastry makers, were able to resolve their doubts about the different requirements and know, first hand, the infrastructure that will house the first Farmer’s Market in the entire municipality, a historical demand and now a reality after many years of waiting.
The points of sale have been installed in accordance with the regulations, with scales connected to a central computer and will issue a simplified invoice with information on the purchased item and the producer. In addition, it already has a children’s play area, parking lots, storage room, adapted bathroom and a training room.
“The municipal commitment of Arona by the agricultural sector is clear and the imminent inauguration of this public resource is proof of our commitment to this economic activity,” said Sr. Mena, who defined the complex as “modern and the greatest of the region “.
The Mayor also noted that “setting the opening date of the Farmer’s Market marks a before and after in the primary sector” and encouraged the attendees to use the complex to sell their productions from October 14th.
During the meeting, Dácil León announced that the Market will open every Saturday and Sunday, between 8am and 2pm, and explained the road map established by the City until the day of the implementation of this complex , with a package of measures that Economic Promotion will carry out during the next months and that will include campaigns of promotion and diffusion, formative plans for the harvesters or advisory work.
“In the first months of activity, we will create a specific bus route with the Market from the tourist cities of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. But we are also having talks with Titsa so that on Saturdays and Sundays, it will reinforce those lines that arrive in Valle San Lorenzo, with the aim of getting people to the new facility.”
Another of the singularities of this future service “is that we will not ask for exclusivity of the interested parties, but they will be able to maintain points of sale in other markets”, he told the meeting.
At the meeting, the farmers were told of the procedure to sell their products, including the need to have a food handler card, as well as at least the owner being registered in the Social Security and In the Tax on Economic Activities IAE). The harvesters must also present each week an application to occupy one of the 60 points of sale that the market has.