ATTENTION: The Market is now accepting applications for new vendors for the 2011 season. If you are interested in joining the Market as a vendor, check out our 2011 Application HERE! The deadline is May 6th, 2011. If you have any questions, call Tony Nye at 382-0901.
A big THANKS to Kevin Stackhouse for writing up this great account from our last Market! Watch for more to come...
Welcome to the new Clinton County Farmers’ Market at the Mural blog. We will be bringing you information on our vendors and growers, what is in season, and some of the fun things happening at the market.
Arriving at the market on Saturday, April 23rd, I could see that the vendor count was kind of low…five in total…but quickly found a wide variety of goods for sale. Shirley Webb and Debbie Linebaugh were featuring delicious baked goods like cookies and fruit pies, as well as winter squash (from Shirley) and lamb, eggs, and Easter “cake pops” (from Debbie). Becky Portman had fresh-picked salad greens and spring onions. Kent and Nancy Pickard had their awesome, hormone-free beef. And we welcomed our newest vendors at the Market, Paul and Judy Dolph, who had some beautiful hanging baskets of wave petunias that were grown in the closet (really!). The memory of all those great products is making me hungry.
As a special treat, the Easter Bunny (from our friends Books ‘N’ More) made an appearance with balloons for the kids and had his picture taken with a few of the bigger “kids”. It was good to see him rested and ready for the hard work to come the next day. Thanks for stopping by Mr. Bunny!
It seems like it wouldn’t be the “Winter” Market without some sort of bad weather this year and the wind was whipping about threatening to turn the canopies into kites. But everyone worked together to hold and tie everything down so, luckily, the morning went by without serious weather related incident. The weather is weighing heavy the past few days and we are all hopeful that the rain will let up soon so some more crops can get in the ground.
Taking the time to talk to each of the vendors is the adventure of learning that I love so much. Actually, knowing that these people have put their minds and backs into producing food for our enjoyment makes the farmers’ market shopping experience so much better than standing in line with a cart at the big box stores. The passion they have for their products directly relates to the flavor on the table.