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Neighbors Growing Together | May 30, 2017

New vendors expand offerings at the market

By David Hotle | May 19, 2017
A large turnout was seen in Central Park Thursday evening as both vendors and participants alike turned out to the first running of the weekly Washington Farmers Market. The market will be held every Thursday until October. Thursday Night Live, which will feature musical acts begins later this year.

 

Losing a greenhouse in the severe storm that moved through Washington County Wednesday afternoon didn’t stop Kenn Tuttle from setting up a table of produce as the first running of the Washington Farmers Market was held in Central Park Thursday afternoon.

Tuttle, who has a small farm outside of West Chester, said this is the third year he has set up at the market. He said the goal is to support local business.

His table was filled with early-season plants and vegetables including mint, radishes and some house plants. He and his family had just moved back to Washington County from Arizona and they decided to set up at the market again. He complimented the previous years he had set up at the market.

“Bring it,” Tuttle said, as encouragement to people considering setting up a table at the market. “The people here are really friendly and they like seeing new things.”

Even with the loss of the greenhouse, Tuttle said the family’s goal is to be a much bigger presence at the market this year. He commented that he had only set up the new greenhouse earlier this year. He said that he will not let the loss of the greenhouse stop him from selling at the market.

Several familiar vendors who had been at the market in previous years - some of whom have set up at the market since it began in 1988 – returned Thursday, as well as a number of new vendors. About 25 vendors set up in front of the bandshell. Market Master Bob Shepherd said much of the reason for the continuing success of the market is the support of the people around the square.

This year, he said, a new feature will spotlight supporters of the market. On Thursday, the business spotlighted was Home Team Advantage Realtors.

At exactly 5 p.m. Shepherd rang the traditional Lampkin cow bell to signify the start of the market and the new season.

Also new this year was a table set up by the newly formed farmers market advisory board that is helping to develop new ideas for the market. A survey was taken at the market.

“I’m really enthused,” Shepherd said of the coming season. “We have some vendors back we haven’t had in a few years. It is always great to buy from our people down here because you know exactly what variety you are getting. It hasn’t been picked over and switched.”

He said based on the way the market started this year, it will be a strong season. Shepherd also said the spring has been good for producers.

He predicts some good produce this year. Shepherd also said there has been discussion of bringing back the market’s smoker barbecue contest this year.

The market will be held beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in Central Park through October.

 

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