Farmers Market kicks off 2014 season

Published 12:18 am 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.

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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.