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Farmers market returns

The Ironton Farmers Market has returned for another season of local produce, jams and other goods.

Sam Heighton, executive director of Ironton aLive, said this is the seventh year for the Ironton Farmers Market, which runs Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., or until vendors sell out, at Market Square on Second Street.

It started up again on May 3 and Heighton said that it had been going well.

“It is, although it depends on the weather we have on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “We have big crowds if the weather is nice. And Iron Town Coffee Lab is open across the street and that helps bring people, too. We seem to get more people coming in every year.”

Heighton said that there are a couple of new vendors this year.

“And we will have more new ones in July when the produce starts coming in,” he said.

The market also has special events throughout the summer such as the popular draw of Ironton In Bloom selling food on the second Saturday of every month for donations and the annual Heritage Festival which features local artisans and a car show.

“Everybody loves a farmers market,” Heighton said, adding that it is a small town event. “It is neighbors seeing neighbors. It’s a place for people to meet and buy local products.”

This Saturday, they will be letting people set up and sell their garage sale stuff at no cost as part of Ironton’s citywide yard sale.

Heighton said sellers would be assigned a space for their own table or 10×10 tent.

“You need to arrive at the market parking lot or on Bobby Bare Boulevard between 7-8:30 a.m. There is no fee,” he said. He added that sellers will need to sign an agreement requiring them to remain with their items and what they don’t sell. They will be expected to remove by 4 p.m. when the event ends.

The market continues through the summer and fall until the end of October.

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