10 Apr 2018
- By Junhan B. Todiño – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
GARAPAN Public Market manager Leroy Pangelinan said they now sell $10 and $25 vouchers which, he added, are “ideal gift items.”
“The vouchers are for your friends so they can buy fresh fruits and vegetables here,” he added.
Soon, Pangelinan said they will offer handwoven baskets filled with assorted fruits. “It’s another gift item or for anyone who wants a variety of fruits.”
The membership of the CNMI Farmers Cooperative Association has not increased, but he said local farmers remain committed to support the public market.
He said they are able to make regular deliveries to hotels and stores including Joeten Dandan and Green Consume.
They also continue to get a regular supply of hot pepper from Tinian, but “we can hardly meet the demand because we have one customer who usually buys in bulk,” Pangelinan said.
In addition, they have a partner on Rota who continues to deliver red radish pickles, lime, taro, sweet potato and value-added products, he said.
Bonabe Maratita and his wife Imee are among the regular customers of the public market.
“We come here almost every day because we support local produce,” Maratita said.
He said they also appreciate the good customer service provided by the store personnel and its manager, Leroy Pangelinan.
The Maratitas encourage other community members to patronize local produce and the Garapan Public Market which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103553-garapan-public-market-now-offers-vouchers