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Farmers’ market kicks off Friday

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County judge, Big Tricky’s Catering to host ‘Cookout For Prevention’

By Molly Haines

With the 2017 Owen County Farm and Craft Market set to open Friday, patrons can expect new vendors and old favorites, as well as a new spin on the Owen County Judge-Executive’s opening-day cookout.
New additions to this year’s market include Parker Farms, providing meats, including pork and chicken this week. Luther Farms will provide some produce, but mostly flowers; Hundred Happy Acres will also provide meat; Dog Hair Pottery with hand-thrown pottery and Tiny Love Company with hand-sewn items such as towels and aprons.
The market, located behind Owen County Farm Bureau at 430 Roland Ave., will be open every Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through Oct. 27, rain or shine.
In addition to the new vendors, Owen County Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Science Program Assistant Ginny Miller said some produce such as lettuce, tomatoes, kale and spinach are typically available on opening day, as well as baked goods.
The market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, debit and credit cards.
In previous years the Owen County Judge-Executive’s office has hosted a cookout to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said the “Cookout for the Cure” has been a successful fundraiser, but with the lack of a local American Cancer Society representative, the county will not have a Relay For Life this year.
“Over the last year there have been changes with the Society and with our representative,” Ellis said. “Our former representative got promoted, and we haven’t had any contact with our new representative. We’ve reached out to them, and they’ve never followed up with us.”
Ellis said despite the changes, he still wanted to help kickoff market season, and with the help of Rick and Cindy Wilhoite of Big Tricky’s Catering, decided to use the event as a fundraiser for the Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition.
“We looked at all the different organizations doing things here in the community and decided by picking a local charity the money would stay here, and we might better see the benefits of the fundraiser,” Ellis said.
Friday’s “Cookout for Prevention” menu will include ribeyes, tenderloins, hamburgers, country ham, bologna, hot dogs and “Baby Boy” BBQ bologna.
In the coming weeks, Miller said Double H Bar-B-Q, Sisterly Touch Catering and Big Tricky’s Catering will serve lunch on a rotating basis.
For more information on the Owen County Farm & Craft Market, visit https://www.facebook.com/owencountyfarmandcraftmarket.