The Fayette County Farmers Market is back for its 16th season, bringing sustainable, locally-grown, raised and created produce, meats and goods to the area.
Lots of wonderfully fresh things are in store for the season from returning farmers and producers as well as a host of new growers and crafters. This Saturday’s opening will be followed by the second-year opening of the Wednesday market on May 18 in the TSC parking lot on Columbus Avenue in Washington C.H.
Did I hear strawberries? Yes! For the first time in 16 years the market will have a super supply of strawberries spanning three weeks. This Saturday’s market should have a fairly good supply of berries coming from Jones Farm Fresh Produce. Jon & Taylor predict that by Wednesday’s market there will be an explosion of ripe berries for the next couple of weeks.
New farmer vendor Steve Cory reports that Cory Farms’ berries will begin to harvest the following Saturday, again for at least two weeks. This Saturday will see our farmers bring in fresh rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, spinach, radishes, green onions, bok choy, farm fresh eggs, frozen chicken, potted flowers, vegetables, and red raspberry plants for sale.
New crafter Jim Brigner, along with returning vendor Dale Butler, will have a variety of hand crafted wood items and Hunter Rohrer returns with a new line of seasonal produce, setting up with Gregory and Alicia Martin, who sell homemade breads and rolls from their mother, Cinda. Also joining us this Saturday are Mark and Lori Chrisman (By Thy Hand), bringing seasonal produce and assorted baked goods. And the Miller donut truck will be letting us know in advance when they plan on being at market.
Looking forward, the following vendors have committed to selling on Saturdays: Cory Farms (large produce farm), Rachael Craig of Gluten Free Goodies, Cathy Ludi of Forgotten Way Farm (therapeutic grade essential oils and lye soaps), and Christen Orebaugh of Slate Creek Farms (potted plants and seasonal produce). New vendors committing to the Wednesday market include Nancy and Becky of Blossoms at the Bend (a u-pick flower farm) and Sharon Steinhoff of the Silver Maple Farm, who will be bringing certified naturally grown seasonal produce, hen and duck eggs, honey, soaps and handspun yarn and fiber.
The Saturday morning market runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the city municipal parking lot at the corner of East Street and South Main Street, and the Wednesday afternoon market operates 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the TSC parking lot on Columbus Avenue.
Many exciting events are planned for this season’s run and we will do our best to keep you informed. You can find us on Facebook in order to see market pictures and read market announcements. The market continues to take credit/debit cards and SNAP food benefit cards. And the Senior Market Vouchers (SFMNP) sign up date has been set for Thursday, June 16, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Community Action Commission (CAC) on US Route 22. Here’s to a great season of “fresh food, less traveled.”