This past Saturday, Harvey County Farmers Market had an ample supply of tomatoes to last till noon. Plus enough sweet corn and nearly adequate numbers of cantelope to satisfy the desires of many citizen consumers searching for quality, local food. First-time visitors to the market were a couple from Brazil.
Last week I mentioned Liz, our newest vendor. She markets "Make It Your Own Trail Mix', a unique concept where you pick the ingredients. The base mix is rolled oats and you get to add options like dried cherries, a variety of nuts, banana chips, pineapple, sunflower seeds and other tasty choices. Liz is assisted by her “mom,” Donna; husband, Shawn; and son, Dominic.
A new member-in-training is Ellie. She has pretty flowers to sell and designs her own signage. Maybe just a bit bashful, she declined to tell me what grade she is, in school. I overheard her call RaeAnn, "Grandma’.’
Come early and beat the heat and get the best food and ingredients our community has to offer — also lots of high-value crafts.
Line strategy: bring staff with you to be in multiple lines and get the very best choices from your favorite vendor.
July 29 - Newton Fire Dept., safety and fire prevention
Joan Breit, North Newton, local author
Aug 5 - Newton Police Dept., Officer Jon Adkins, bicycle and child safety
Would you like to be on our calendar? Call Norm at 316-587-8070. Harvey County Farmers Market is searching for music and dance groups to add some entertainment flair to our market.
Directions: the market is located halfway between Marshall Furniture and Grand Central.
Open Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, and now open on Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
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— Norm Oeding is a member of the Harvey County Farmers Market board.