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Market drives healthy living and economy

Published 12:58am Sunday, April 7, 2013

The farmers market in Ironton looks to be smartly positioned to, well, grow this spring and summer.

Now in its second year at the redesigned and much-improved Depot Square on Second and Vernon streets, the market is poised to become far more than just a handful of vendors serving a small segment of the community.

The relatively new civic organization Ironton aLive is leading the way and the focus is on creating a larger venue with a variety of products well beyond just produce, including flowers, baskets and more.

This should be a positive move for the community as eating all-natural and locally produced food has become a hot trend. With obesity and other health issues reaching record levels, many are realizing that food straight from Mother Nature is always best.

While the first vendors may sprout up on Saturdays in late April, an official opening is planned for June 1 with other events and promotional efforts in the works for later in the summer.

Another key change this year will be how vendors and their produce are noted, with items grown right here in Lawrence County marked as homegrown and those in contiguous counties marked as grown locally. That will help consumers not only know exactly what they are putting into their bodies but also exactly where it can from.

Having a vibrant farmers market — as are now popping up in larger cities across the country — will strengthen our community in a variety of ways.

Perhaps most importantly, it will allow people to be healthier and put money straight into the hands of our local farmers.

 

 

  • Poor Richard

    In my opinion, a farmers market and support of rural industry is one of the most important aspects of growing a local economy. Farmers today are coming up with many unique and innovative ideas for supporting their families by living a farming lifestyle. It can be done and it can be successful.

    After visiting the farmers market in Huntington, I was discouraged by the number of so called ‘locally grown’ or ‘homegrown’ products, when in reality, many of those folks bought junk coming in on trucks and tried to pass it off as locally grown. The farmers market should publish a list of items that should be in harvest in our area and at what times. For instance, I don’t think watermelons are picked in May in our area. And finally, I don’t think I have ever seen so much disgusting produce as I see in the local grocers in this area. I would not feed some of that junk to my goats!

    Ohio State University in Piketon and other areas have many workshops for farmers to learn how to conduct business and try new ideas. There was a conference in Huntington WV last year that offered much information.

    Gardening is amazing, growing your own food is amazing, plant a seed today!

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