Vendors needed for Central Park farmers’ market


CLEAR FORK VALLEY – People with a yen for fresh local produce and baked goods are thinking about the arrival of the local farmers’ market in Central Park.

The stalwart group of return vendors is starting to put together plans for the market on Saturdays.

Jeff Wilkinson, forester and market member, said while there are eight to 10 returning vendors, they are looking for more participants. Wilkinson brings dried mushrooms and early in the market, vegetable plants. One customer last year was lucky enough to get some of his fresh morel mushrooms.

That is not a standard contribution, though.

No opening date for the market has been set, Wilkinson said. The current group is looking for more people willing to contribute their time to the weekly events.

Wilkinson said people who can contribute more items in the craft line would add to the market.

“Quality outdoor/garden craft items” would “change it up a little,” Wilkinson said.

The space has room for more people, he said, and adding six or more vendors would not be a problem.

People participating must live within a 15-mile radius from Bellville and grow or produce their own products. Vendors pay $20 per space. Those are $30 after the end of May. Some have double spaces, including Wilkinson.

Vendors include people who sell strawberries and tomatoes. Other items like squash, potatoes, carrots and beets are sold.

One vendor last year showed his works, which are hand turned pieces made of wood.

Several people displayed and sold baked goods.

Interested people may contact Wilkinson at nuts2u2@earthlink.net.

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By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star