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• In August 1990, the Camarillo City Council approves plans for a Camarillo Certified Farmers’ Market in the parking lot of the Senior Nutrition Center on Ventura Boulevard. The Market will be held on Saturday mornings between 8:30 and noon. It will be sponsored jointly by Camarillo Hospice and the Pleasant Valley Hospital Auxiliary, and 3.5% of the gross proceeds each week will be shared by the two nonprofit agencies.
• On Saturday, March 2, 1991, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of the Camarillo Certified Farmers’ Market.
• Early founders of the Market include: Susanne Benson, Tony Boden, Maggie Erickson (now Erickson-Kildee), Ed Hertenstein, Sue Hurley, George Meyer, Janet Rotenberg, Jane Rozanski, Joyce Schroeder, Colleen Scott, Adele Strauss, Galena White and John Willits.
• John Willits is the first Market Manager. He is followed by Ed Hertenstein.
• In May 1994, the Camarillo Hospice Board of Directors votes to take over as sole manager of the Market, having received notice from the Pleasant Valley Hospital Auxiliary that they no longer want to be involved. Bob Trainer becomes Market Manager, assisted by his wife, Cathy. Assistant managers are Nadene Tavener and Tom Borgen. Both Bob and Nadene remained active with the Market until their deaths, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Cathy and Colleen are still active on the Farmers’ Market team.
• Ira Grooms joins Bob Trainer as Co-Market Manager and is still actively involved.
• On June 1, 2012, Ruff Smith is named Market Manager.
• The Camarillo Certified Farmers’ Market currently contributes more than $80,000 a year to Camarillo Hospice (7% of gross sales donated by farmers and 10% of gross sales by non-farmers). These funds are used to support Hospice’s mission of providing free care, comfort, support and counseling to individuals and their families facing a life-limiting illness and/or dealing with grief, and education on end-of-life issues to all.