The Rowan County Farmers’ Market reopened last weekend with vendors selling limited produce from this year’s first harvest.
The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until the last grower sells out of produce.
The Farmers’ Market pavilion is located off Bridge Street near the Memorial Tree Walk. It is clearly visible from US 60 (Wilkinson Boulevard).
The majority of the regular vendors are licensed through Kentucky Proud, the branding program of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Kentucky Proud stands for foods, nursery items, crafts, agritourism sites, farmers' markets, state parks, and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians.
Within the next few weeks, the market will be offering different kinds of produce, including green beans, sugar snap peas, potatoes, tomatoes, okra, kale, squash, berries, lettuce, cabbage, sweet corn and onions.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, several vendors also sell homemade crafts, baked goods, honey and canned jams and jellies.
Shoppers are advised to shop early because many vendors normally will sell out within two hours.
The market runs through October.
The demand for affordable, fresh, local and healthy foods is growing. With more than 160 successful farmers' markets across the Commonwealth, spanning more than 110 counties and 2,700 vendors, farmers' markets and direct-to-consumer marketing are great ways to meet that demand.
According to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the average meal travels 1,500 miles from the farm to plate, resulting in lost nutritional value and taste every mile of the way.
Buying Kentucky Proud products decreases this distance and ensures that you're eating fresh and nutritious foods while supporting Kentucky's farm families.
For more information or questions about the market, visit their Facebook page at “Rowan County Farmers Market.”
Brad Stacy can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 784-4116.