Farmers Market kicks off 2014 seasonPublished 12:18am Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Ironton Farmers Market began this weekend and offered a variety of starter plants, flowers, hanging baskets, homemade candy, baked goods, produce and home-produced items.
“It’s chilly and we have had a few sprinkles of rain,” Sam Heighton, market manager, said, “but it’s going to be a good day. We’ve got good stuff here, the usual stuff and some new stuff.”
One of the new vendors for 2014 is Jeanie Basham, of Coal Grove.
Basham offers an array of homemade all-natural products like soap, deodorant and conditioning beard oil.
“I use a lot of witch hazel, coconut oil, avocado oil, all kinds of different essential oils,” she said. “Essential oils are what gives it all its benefits. On a holistic level, essential oils that are pure are going to have a lot of medicinal benefits. Lavender is anti-inflammatory, chamomile is anti-inflammatory and tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic.”
Basham said the birth of her son is what piqued her interest in all-natural products.
“I had a child, he’s 3-years-old now, and I started thinking about what I put on his body and what I’m feeding him,” she said. “It really occurred to me that it’s my job to grow his little brain and people say a child’s brain develops the most between the ages of 1 and 5 years old and I wanted to give him the best start that I could without polluting him.”
Other items available at the market this weekend were tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, eggs, cantaloupe, and tomato plants.