Farmers Market ends ‘great season’Published 12:00am Sunday, October 27, 2013
The sign said it all: “Thank you for a Great Season. See You April 2014.
Saturday ended what vendors are calling the best season for Ironton’s Farmers Market in its decade-long history.
“This has been a real good year. Excellent,” Cathy Knipp of Pedro said. “The advertising brought more people out. You could tell a difference. The events brought a lot of people out. Some people didn’t know a Farmers Market was here.”
Several times throughout the season the market sponsored a special event like a corn festival or fried apple and biscuit breakfast.
As vendors kept warm under blankets or stayed close to space heaters, shoppers bought the last of the summer tomatoes, cabbage and hand-dug red and white new potatoes as well as turnips and apples.
Along with the homegrown produce, some vendors offered jars of honey and honey candy, baked goods and craft items.
That variety is another reason so many came to the market this year, Knipp said.
Becky Wiseman, also of Pedro, came each week with her homemade breads and produce.
“Sam (Heighton, market manager) had a lot of good ideas,” Wiseman said. “And Ironton In Bloom helped us a lot. We’re grateful to Ironton In Bloom.”