Farmers markets are starting to pop up, and while it may be a few more weeks before some fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables are ready to harvest and sell, there are plenty of other homemade and handcrafted items available at outdoor venues around the area.
The Harvey County Farmers Market begins this weekend and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday in the parking lot east of the intersection of Sixth and Main. Additionally, the farmers market will be open from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning in June.
"We will probably have 75 percent of our veteran vendors back and we anticipate new vendors," said Norm Oeding, Harvey County Farmers Market board member.
Some of those vendors include Unruh Farms of rural Walton, bringing rhubarb and jellies, and Ekeland Acres of rural Newton, bringing lettuce, spinach, green onions and farm fresh eggs.
Melody Sock and More will have knitted baby booties along with dog and cat sweaters. Baked goods will be available from The Happy Hurd's Homestyle Eats and Treats, while the Little Red Hen Ranch will return with fresh baked bread.
"We anticipate eight to 10 total vendors for opening day," Oeding said.
A farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday at Tractor Supply Company, 715 SE 36th St.
Tractor Supply Company started a farmers market on May 13, with vendors selling honey, soaps, lotions, jewelry, baked goods, crafts and hot dogs.
"We're going to start getting into garden stuff that will be growing," said Jim Sisson, Tractor Supply Company store manager.
Initially set up as a one-time event, the farmers market proved so popular that Tractor Supply Company decided to continue offering its parking lot to vendors without charge.
"We're looking forward to seeing if it will grow each Saturday," Sisson said. "Whoever wants to come down can set up a booth."
Open from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at the Moundridge Museum Complex 402 Cole St., the farmers market in Moundridge brings in a variety of vendors.
Some of the items that can be purchased at the Moundridge farmers market include produce such as rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce, kale, spinach, salad mix, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries and various herbs. Baked goods, including cinnamon rolls, cookies, bread, zwiebach, no bake cookies and coffee cake are available.
New to the Moundridge farmers market is kettle corn made by Kaufman Kettle Corn.
In Whitewater, the Northwest Butler County Farm and Craft Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon every other Saturday in front of Bruhn Coffee House at 216 S. Main.
The market will have booths selling items such as homemade foods, hand built crafts and beauty supplies. Honey, baked goods and jams and jellies also tempt the farmers market customers.