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Farmers Market kicks off 2014 season

Published 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.


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  • mickakers

    I like the sound of Jeanie Basham’s products. I have purchased them from other vendors on line and they are expensive. If you ever get the chance, try some Orange Blossom Honey, it is delicious. The jug I have is distributed by the Florida Agricultural Marketing Association an affiliate of Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Gainesville, Fl. I use honey instead of sugar. Florida Wild Flower Honey is also good. You all are more familiar with Clover Honey which I also enjoy. A Farmers Market is great and can offer a variety of choices at reasonable prices, eliminating the middleman. May your Farmers Market be successful.

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  • mickakers

    Poor Richard; I am a member of the Florida Farm Bureau and our primary crop here in Elkton is the potato, not oranges. I am not familar with how your Farmers Market operates. Here in St. John’s county our Farmers Market cooperates with farmers throughout the country and offers for sale various products produced in different sections of our great land. For instance, Cheeses from Wisconsin, Sausage from Georgia, Apples from Michigan and Ohio to mention a few. Sure would like to have some tomatoes from Lawrence county, our tomatoes cannot compare. I sure do miss them. However, Florida Oranges, are GREAT!!! not to mention our Grapefruit, picked fresh off the tree, Oh Man! Strawberries are pretty good to, from Plant City. It behooves a Farmers Market to offer a variety of produce and products from different sections of the country and so label.

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  • Poor Richard

    I should say too, if Ironton wants to allow shipped in produce, it should be marked as such so citizens are not scammed into believing they are buying ‘local’ produce.

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  • Poor Richard

    I am curious about the produce that is listed in this article, most of which are not in season yet in our area. And with that being said in my opinion, that is what turns local farmers off from participating in markets: allowing shipped in produce to be sold. Might as well go to the grocery store for that.

    Local farmers likely only have the cold weather produce at this stage unless they have hoop houses for growing, don’t know too many of those.

    I am very careful who I purchase from and if I think it is non-local, I won’t purchase it.

    I do very much support Ironton’s Farmers market, it has the most lovely setting of any in the area and the people are all so nice but the intent should be focused on allowing LIGITAMENT local farmers to sell their fresh and healthy products to local citizens.

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