Facebook converted its parking lot into a huge farmers’ market with bouncy houses and live music

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Facebookers at the Farmers’ Market
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This weekend, Facebook hosted a huge farmer’s market at its Menlo Park headquarters.

And it was just the first one of many.

Here’s how the social network plans to bring the community together around fresh food:


This Sunday Facebook held its inaugural community farmers’ market, but plans to continue the new tradition every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, year-round.

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The market takes place in one of its big parking lots at its campus in Menlo Park — Lot 15 to be exact.

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The goal of the market is to give people in Menlo Park and surrounding cities a place to get locally grown, organic fruits and veggies.

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As well as other regionally-sourced treats.

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“The community has long expressed a desire for better access to fresh and healthy food,” Lauren Swezey, Facebook’s sustainability and community outreach manager, says.

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So, Facebook partnered with the West Coast Farmers’ Market Association and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce to create the event.

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The day was a hit, with over 1,000 people swarming the market throughout the day.

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It wasn’t all about the produce, though…

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Facebook also set up a few bouncy houses.

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And hired a band to play live music.

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Here’s the bluegrass group “Nobody from Nashville” jamming out on Sunday.

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Facebook also brought in a bunch of area food trucks, like this one from the chicken-n-waffles eatery Waffle Roost.

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The first 500 families to show up got a reusable bag…

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…While the first 200 got a $5 coupon to spend at the market.

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As at most markets, free samples abounded.

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These multi-colored carrots look delicious.

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Overall, the first market was a huge success.

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As one local tweeted, “Facebook is now a Grocery store as well!”

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