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Farmers Market to move for rally

Will be in front of old Memorial Hall

Since the 15th annual Rally on the River begins Thursday and is set up on Second Street in Ironton, including Market Square, the Ironton Farmers Market will be changing its location this Friday and Saturday.

The vendors will set up in front of the old Memorial Hall building on the corner of Fourth and Railroad streets, across from the Ironton Post Office.

Sam Heighton, executive director of Ironton aLive, said that they decided to keep the market open since it is the height of the season.

“People are used to shopping at the market every weekend and we don’t want people to get out of the habit, he said. “We get a lot of customers who follow us down there. It’s a good location. It’s a nice, wide street with plenty of parking.”

He added a lot of people use that road as a route around the rally.

“The vendors do pretty good there and people seem to like it,” Heighton said. “This way, they don’t have to miss a week.”

Heighton pointed out that the Memorial Hall location is a perfect spot for the Farmers Market since the street is near Market Street.

“Back in the early days before the hall was there, that is the block where farmers used bring their produce to sell, so it seems to be a very appropriate place to have this,” he said.

The Farmers Market will still be open on its usual schedule of 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday morning with the vendors selling homegrown and locally grown produce. Amongst the items for sale is honey, baked goods, jelly, fruit-based butters, eggs, and homemade crafts.

“Most of the regular vendors will be there,” Heighton said. “Come support them and pick up your produce, baked items, honey, melons, jams, jellies, fresh eggs, homemade crafts and all the things you’re used to buying at the market.”

The Ironton Farmers Market is a project of Ironton aLive and sponsored by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.