PHOTO: boy carrying carrots

The Farmers Market has always been in the High Desert since 1992. They were just displaced during the pandemic. The market which meets every Thursday had been operating at a temporary location on the corner of Deep Creek Rd and Rock Springs Rd in Apple Valley. However, this Thursday, the meet up that features items from real California Farmers, will return to the lower campus of Victor Valley College just off of Mojave Fish Hatchery Road. 

The High Desert Farmers Market sets out to bring a festive atmosphere that accommodates our local communities, residents, and visitors. The goal of the market has always been to promote a wholesome, family atmosphere. 

For all those that are new to the area or might not be aware of how the market came to be, it all started back in 1992. 

Founder, Kerri Santorro, had originally been an agricultural student at Victor Valley College. Her instructor at the time, Bob Adams, appointed her president of the College ‘s Ornamental Horticulture Club.

Santorro got her hands dirty right away as she established a State Certified Farmers Market to help bring recognition to the Agricultural Department and to demonstrate that agriculture is a viable industry in the area.

The website for the farmers' market states that "adequate food supply is essential to survival, and bringing a reliable source of farm-direct produce to the High Desert [had been] important."

In the early years of the market, club members had volunteered, but by year 3 Santorro had basically been a one-woman show, helping grow the market year after year. The mission had always been to educate the local community on the importance of eating fresh, locally-grown produce. Santorro has always promoted the fact that connecting local farms with local communities offers many benefits, like cutting waste and lowering the use of fossil fuels.

HDdailynews.com caught up to Kerri Santorro recently as she prepares for the big VVC campus return. This is what she told us: "The High Desert Farmers Market's plan was to always return to the college on Thursdays from 8 - 12, because that's our home, has been our home since 1992, and we want to maintain that collaboration. The opportunities that have risen through the ashes of the world problems, has gifted us the opportunity to seek expansion into our community elsewhere as well." 

And although the pandemic gut-punched most of the community in general, something positive did emerge for the farmers market. Santorro also added that "the High Desert Farmers Market's temporary location on Deep Creek and Rock Springs road has proven to be a favored location, for vendors and guests alike. So we decided it's a perfect opportunity to also launch a Saturday farmers market at the Deep Creek location under High Desert Farmers Market management, On Saturdays from 8 - noon, in addition to our Thursday VVC location 8:00 am till noon -  both are year round markets."

The market ensures that there's a little something for everyone including farm direct goods, a wide variety of other foods, boutique goods and fun. 

PHOTO: Girl smiling while showing off vegetables

The High Desert Farmers Market is located on the lower campus of Victor Valley College, with easy access and lots of parking! 18422 Bear Valley d, Victorville, near the gym and tennis courts, 8am – Noon every Thursday year- round. For more information visit: www.highdesertfarmersmarket.com or call (760) 247-3769 for info. The market is also able to accept SNAP , EBT and senior WIC.