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Farmers Market begins Thursday

By Xiomara Levsen | May 12, 2014

The Washington Farmers Market will kick off its season this Thursday in Central Park.
Bob Shepherd, organizer of the farmers market, people can set up their tables at 4:15 p.m. around the fountain and the bandstand. Selling will begin at 5 p.m.
“Our rule of thumb is anything you make, bake, or grow yourself is good for the farmers market,” Shepherd said.
People can expect to see the same friendly atmosphere at the market that they have seen in the past, Shepherd said.
“The atmosphere of the market is a social atmosphere,” he said. “We’re just a friendly, Midwestern rural town. The vendors are all friendly and the customers are as well.”
This past winter affected spring produce, so a lot of the produce won’t be ready for the kickoff of the market.
“We’ll have asparagus and rhubarb for sure,” Shepherd said. “Some radishes have been pulled, but the growers aren’t sure if they’re ready yet. In a normal year there would be a lot of spring greens available but it will probably be a couple of weeks before we see them at the Farmers Market.”
Other items returning to the market include: bread from Jane’s Bread, pies from Lisa Martin, items from the Amish bakers, and Sweet Satisfaction, Shepherd said.
The market follows the state of Iowa’s food safety preparedness rules and guidelines for all items prepared in a kitchen, Shepherd said. A copy of the rules and guidelines are available upon request to Shepherd through his e-mail at shep_farms02@yahoo.com.
Anyone interested in participating in the farmer’s market can call Shepherd at 319-458-9396 for more information. The market will go until 7:30 p.m.

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