Here are some frequently asked questions about the market for your convenience:
Is everything available at the market produced or grown locally?
When organizers began planning the market more than two years ago, the main objective was to make sure the market was a showcase of fresh, local food and goods. The majority of items -- about 90 percent to be exact -- are grown or made in the county. During certain times of the year, fruits and vegetables from outside the region or state are brought in to "fill in the gaps" based on customer demand. But market rules regulate this so that the market will always cater to the local grower first.
: Why aren't there a lot of farmers/growers when I go?
Like other markets, our market is cyclical; during growing season (early spring to summer for most crops), less local crops are available than during the harvest season in the fall/spring. The exception is a few fruits, like blueberries and melons, which are in season for a few months late spring to early summer. Put simply, in the fall and the spring, there is a noticeable increase in the number of vendors because of the greater availability of fruits and vegetables.
What are the benefits of going to a farmers' market for produce as opposed to a supermarket?
There are several; you get to talk directly to the grower about how the products were handled and grown, including pesticide use, methods, etc. You can usually pay less at the market because there are no shipping or processing fees, or markups for transporting and selling items at stores. The quality is usually better as well because the produce was grown nearby as opposed to hundreds if not more miles away.
What can I expect to find at the market?
Throughout the year, the market will feature a variety of fruits and vegetables -- from melons, corn, berries and more -- to honey, jams & jellies, pastries, fresh coffee, kettle korn
, seafood, flowers and plants, herbs, birdhouses and more. There is also usually live music or other entertainment. The market is pet friendly, and great for families as well. The market is just as much about the atmosphere as it is the selection.
: How do I participate in the market?
Interested vendors can review the application info online
or contact Eric Hansen