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Ironton Farmers market opens for season

The Ironton Farmer’s Market has returned with a grand opening on Saturday.

Set in the Depot Square in downtown Ironton, the market features plants, produce, baked goods, honey, jam, jelly and even some works of art.

Brandy Murnahan is a frequent shopper at the market.

“We come every weekend,” she said. “I come for the local goods, for flowers.”

She was at the market on Friday morning picking up two boxes of plants for her garden.

“I’m buying all varieties of tomatoes; mainly heirlooms, peppers, jalapenos, squash, zucchini,” Murnahan said. “I have an all organic garden so I buy all kinds of plants, they always work out well.”

Nancy Kelly has returned to selling at the market after a couple of years off. She was selling baked goods on Friday.

“We’ll have some crafts, like crocheted items and some other stuff,” she said. “I just didn’t have it ready today.”

She said she really enjoys setting up at the market.

“I love it, you get to see a lot of people. The other vendors are very nice people,” she said. “I love the farmer’s market, I really do. And I want to see Ironton grow.”

Kelly said the market is pretty quiet in May but it picks up as the season goes along.

“This place will be really busy. And when they set up for concerts and things, it gets packed in here,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see all the people here. I love Ironton people, I really, really do.”

Cathy Knipp set up a table with red tomatoes, green tomatoes, potatoes, beans, sweet onions, hanging flowerpots, and a range of plants.

“I’ve set up here when it opened in 2013, but I’ve been doing this forever,” she said.

She said she tries to sell local, homegrown plants and produce.

“At the very least, it has to be from the United States,” Knipp said. She added green beans and lettuce are starting to come in now. By the first of June, zucchini and squashes will start coming in.

“I like meeting people and talking to them,” she said. “A lot of my regular customers come back and hunt for me every year. As long as it doesn’t rain, we’re fine.”

The farmer’s market has special events throughout the season.

Wiley Dew will perform Saturday at 11 a.m.  Ironton in Bloom will be having their annual fund raising flower sale next Saturday.

The Farmers Market opens at 7 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday until the last Saturday in October.