The College of the Canyons parking lot is host to busy shoppers every Sunday for the Santa Clarita Farmers’ Market. In addition to representatives from hundreds of growers, next week’s market will also introduce the community to a patriotic booth set up by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 50332. On Sunday, November 19 from 8:30 a.m.-noon, Kaitlyn Jizmejian and Kiley Gustin, 13-year-old eighth grade students from Rancho Pico Junior High School, and fellow cadettes will appear at the market with the intention of building awareness of U.S. troops that are deployed globally.
The Girl Scouts will have free holiday greeting cards available for farmers’ market patrons to sign and send their gratitude to the soldiers. According to Girl Scout officials, both girls were inspired by Emily Hood, founder of Greetings4Troops, who started this program when she was 10 years old; Hood has now written and sent a total of 1,508 cards to the troops.
“The girls want the community to know no matter how young or old you are, taking the time to stop by their booth to write or draw a message will help our soldiers know how much we support them and how proud we are of them and their service to our country,” said Stacey Gustin, Kiley’s mother and supporter of the Girl Scouts.
Both Jizmejian and Gustin are working towards their Silver Award, the second highest award a girl can achieve in the Girl Scout program. The Silver Award empowers young girls to identify a cause they believe in and develop a plan to take action to build awareness or make a change within their community.
“We are so happy to welcome these amazing young women to our market,” said Karen Schott, operations manager of the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association. “We fully support their efforts in bringing awareness to our troops and also wish them the best of luck in their goals of achieving higher levels within the Girl Scouts organization.”
The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association has been operating the Santa Clarita Certified Farmers’ Market since 1993 at the College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road in Parking Lot #5, on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-noon, rain or shine.
For more information on the Girl Scouts’ participation or about the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association, call 805-529-6266 or visit the website at www.vccfarmersmarkets.com.