Farmers Market opens early

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Marshall County Farmers Market in Lewisburg's Rock Creek Park opened a week early this summer because there was produce available.

"We did start early this year," Market Chairman Tommy Woodard said. "We had a boy who had a little extra. There weren't but three of us last week, but there are usually about eight there."

The market opens at 6 a.m. Friday.

Meanwhile, Woodward subscribes to the long-time advice of eating local honey because bees collect pollen and their honey provides a natural immunity against allergies arising from the local flora and fauna.

"Yeah, I do," Woodard said. "I eat honey every day. Judy Haynes has honey. They've got bees out at their farm out toward Verona."

The Marshall County Farmers Market started approximately four years ago on Robin Hood Road. It was conducted another place, briefly, and then the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided money to help build the pavilion in Rock Creek Park where the market is now.

The Farmers Market Board of Directors decides when the market opens each year.

"We don't normally start until the first Friday of July," Woodard said.

Vendors must sign a form saying they will abide by USDA standards.

"If you sell canned food, you must have a certified kitchen," Woodard said. "They sign it every year," he said of the vendors.

"Last year we had 20 different vendors who came at different times," he said. "When we first started out we had five or six vendors.

"When produce gets plentiful," Woodard continued, "we'll probably be there on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m."

This Friday, Woodard anticipates plenty of green beans, squash, corn, new potatoes, plums, probably country eggs, blackberries and honey.