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Farmers Market Season Begins May 18

By Staff | May 9, 2017

Spring is here. The garden is tilled, plants are sprouting, and you are already planning on what you are going to do with you abundance of fresh vegetables. Wait, you have started your garden right? If not, you are in luck! Local farmers have been making the necessary preparations for you.

The Wetzel County Farmers Market Association is excited to announce that its first market of the season will be on May 18, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the South end of Bruce Park by the tennis courts. Markets are every Thursday until October 5. This is the sixth year for the market. The Wetzel County Farmers Market has a variety of fresh produce straight from the farm or your neighbor’s back yard. In addition to vegetables and fruit, you can find herbs, eggs, cornmeal, meats, baked goods, jellies, jams, candy, and pepperoni rolls. Homemade crafts such as candles, lip balms, lotions and other items are also available.

A well run farmers market is the backbone of nutrition for a community. In a world dominated by shopping on the internet and gimmicks like boxes of produce shipped to homes, it can be hard for people to fully appreciate the fact that produce is grown here in West Virginia by local farmers who may use farming as their livelihood or by their own neighbor who has a bounty.

Farmers markets help to create healthier communities. In a state that is frequently criticized for high obesity rates in youth and adults, a farmers market can create an influx of healthy fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.

The WCFMA accepts SNAP (EBT), WIC and senior vouchers so that all residents, regardless of income, can afford healthy food. You can use your benefits to benefit the community!

Farmers markets help to keep money in the community. The money earned at the markets by the vendors enable small family farms to stay in operation and get spent at other local businesses.

This year, the WCFMA has many events planned, so make sure to check in at the market weekly for the freshest produce, baked goods and the many other items offered.

For more information, or to become a vendor, please contact Holly Giovinazzo, Market Manager for the Wetzel County Farmers Market at 304.771.8482.