The first day of the Farmer's Market season draws hundreds of people to the Old Market

The first day of the Farmer’s Market season draws hundreds of people to the Old Market

Hundreds of people filled the cobblestone streets near 11th and Jackson, enjoying the first day of the Farmers Market. “I went to the farmers market at my old house, but this is our first time here,” 8-year-old Lauren mentioned. Many are looking to get their hands on this season’s produce. “We also source fresh produce and vegetables and support local businesses,” said Justin Ballard, a longtime Farmers Market fan. Ballard said the farmers’ market was his way of shopping locally. He said: ‘Supporting small businesses and then keeping the money in town is absolutely crucial. It’s that support to keep It’s All About Bees owner Wendy Fletcher year after year selling her honey products. “We love the Farmers Market and all of our customers and being part of the Farmers Market for 17 years has been an amazing experience,” she said. A few tents away, confirms Annette Ihrke, her family has been selling German roasted nuts for more than two decades. “The community aspect of coming here to get to know our customers and what their favorites are and just being close to people, again, has been really fun,” she said. It’s not just food at the market. Karri Martin makes her own jewelry. “I made so many pairs of earrings and gave them to friends and family and my sisters encouraged me to try and come to the market to see what would happen last year, and I had a great time,” said Martin, owner of Soaz Jewelry. Martin also uses the Farmers Market to connect with other sellers. “It’s good to see all the different paths people take to build small businesses, whether it’s growing food or sustainable practices, or just arts and crafts and really supporting each other and what we love to do,” Martin said. The Farmer’s Market will continue for the next 24 weekends, until October 16. It is open on Saturday at 8 a.m. in the old market and on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the village of Aksarben.

Hundreds of people gathered on the cobblestone streets near 11th and Jackson, enjoying the first day of the Farmers Market.

“I went to the farmer’s market from my old house, but this is our first time here,” said 8-year-old Lauren.

Many are looking to get their hands on this season’s produce.

“We also source fresh produce and vegetables and support local businesses,” said Justin Ballard, a longtime Farmers Market fan.

Ballard said the farmers’ market was his way of shopping locally.

He said: ‘Supporting small businesses and then keeping the money in town is absolutely crucial.

It’s this support that keeps It’s All About Bees owner Wendy Fletcher coming back year after year to sell her honey products.

“We love the Farmers Market and all of our customers and being part of the Farmers Market for 17 years has been an amazing experience,” she said.

A few tents away, confirms Annette Ihrke, her family has been selling German roasted nuts for more than two decades.

“The community aspect of coming here to get to know our customers and what their favorites are and just being close to people, again, has been really fun,” she said.

It’s not just food at the market. Karri Martin makes her own jewelry.

“I made so many pairs of earrings and gave them to friends and family and my sisters encouraged me to try and come to the market to see what would happen last year, and I had a great time,” said Martin, owner of Soaz Jewelry.

Martin also uses the Farmers Market to connect with other sellers.

“It’s great to see all the different avenues people take to build small businesses, whether it’s growing food or sustainable practices, or just arts and crafts and really supporting each other and what we love to do,” Martin said.

The Farmer’s Market will continue for the next 24 weekends, until October 16. It is open on Saturday at 8 a.m. in the old market and on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the village of Aksarben.

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