The Gateway Farmers’ Market located at 880 N. 17-92, Gate Way Park and Arts Center, http://www.gatewaycenterforthearts.org/Farmers-Market.html, offers local Orange City and DeBary residents great food bargains on the freshest local product available. The Market is open every Saturday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. rain or shine. The number of local residents shopping reveals the tremendous values and quality you will find at the Gateway Farmers’ Market.
One of the first vendors you will meet is Jerry Compo of Jerry’s Olde World Bread, Jerrysbread@hotmail.com, offering a scrumptious array of freshly baked artisan breads and cookies, send him and email and he will send you a 10 percent off coupon. Across the way are Traci and Richie Copeland of Copeland produce, email@example.com, who also operate a retail location at 2461 N. Volusia Ave., Orange City, 386-717-2726, to bring you consistantly fresh produce bargains. A little further down are Mick and Denise Copping of Jammin’ Jelly’s, 386-266-7481, www.jamminjellys.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, offering a variety of, you guessed it, home made jams, jellies, pickled vegetables and a large selection of locally produced honey. Mr. P’s Beef Jerky is also a locally made product, www.mrpbeefjerky.com, 1220 Biscayne Blvd. Ste. B, Deland, 386-873-4864, by Mark Pescatore who vends a multitude of jerkies in all sorts of flavors.
The gem and anchor of the market is Budget Basic Produce, 386-279-9057, operated by Greg Monroe a long time resident who specializes in tomatoes. Greg has strived over the last 16 years to bring the freshest highest quality product to local residents by buying locally grown product, in some cases directly from the farm. Buying locally reduces transportation and storage costs and offers the freshest possible product at the best prices, according to Greg. You can find Greg here every Saturday, and in Deland on Wednesdays at the Volusia County Fair Grounds Farmers’ Market (see part 3 of this series).
Thanks to all the local business people like these who help keep ever rising food prices in check and bolster the local economy, with their help and ours, we will all make it through these tight economic times.