Farmers market's struggles are in the past
Venue change made event into 'a real market'
The Grandview Avenue Farmers Market will open for its 11th season Saturday, July 6.
The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 26 in the parking lot between 1371 and 1391 Grandview Ave.
"We'll have between eight and 12 vendors each week this week," said market manager Marcy Musson of the Pearl Alley Grower's Association.
"We're a small market -- all of the Pearl Alley markets have 15 or fewer vendors, but we have a great variety of items," she said.
Most of the market's regular vendors will return to sell fruit, vegetables, baked goods, fresh cut flowers and herbs, handmade herbal soaps and salves, honey and maple syrup, among other items, Musson said.
"Ron's Kettle Corn will be back, and they are always popular because they pop the corn right there at the market and it smells so good," she said. "Lucky Ladle, who everyone calls 'the soup lady,' will also be back this year."
After a one-year hiatus, cheese and sour cream will return to the market through a new vendor, Lucky Penny Dairy.
"We had a cheese vendor before last year, but they decided to drop out and people were asking us if could make sure to have a cheese vendor back this year," Musson said.
Prairie Fields Farm will add handmade wool products made from the wool of sheep raised on the farm, she said.
A number of special events will be held during the summer, Musson said.
A Kids Day on July 20 will include a number of special activities for youngsters.
"One of the things we want to do is to teach them a little about vegetables and help get them in the habit early of eating vegetables," Musson said. "It's important for all of us, but especially children."
For the Farmers Festival on Aug. 17, all vendors will prepare something for market visitors to sample, she said.
A new event will be Apple Day on Sept. 21.
"Everyone who comes to the market will get a free apple that they can pick out themselves," Musson said. "We'll have a lot of dishes made with apples and other activities."
The Grandview Avenue Farmers Market struggled its first several years, she said, "but now we are strong, a real market."
The change to the current location was the key, Musson said.
"It's just a great location that is easily accessible to people," she said. "That made all the difference."