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As the summer months quickly approach, some Owen countians may be looking for the perfect homegrown item to complete their warm-weather meals.
They need not look any further.
The first Owen County farmers’ market of the season was held Friday on the courthouse lawn.
Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman said 15 vendors have signed up so far, but 25 are expected to set up as warmer weather approaches.
Hetterman said the market brought with it a variety of items grown by local producers.
Plants, hanging baskets with flowers from FFA students, onions, leaf lettuce, homemade soaps, breads, jams and jellies, pottery, salsa and strawberries were all items available at the first market.
Hetterman said six different food vendors will alternate from week to week throughout the summer to provide lunches.
Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, country ham, chicken salad and vegetable plates will be just some of the items available.
Hetterman said not only is the market helping local producers, but it’s also providing healthier products for the consumer.
“Having items that are freshly picked for families is always great,” Hetterman said. “The nutritional value is higher because it’s fresh and it’s a better quality product. It supports our local farmers and the consumer gets a better product.”
Hetterman said the market could be seeing a location change sometime this summer.
“It’s still in the works,” Hetterman said. “We’re waiting for the pavilion to be set up. Whenever that’s ready we’ll be moving behind Farm Bureau. We’re hoping that will take place some time this summer.”
Hetterman said the new location will benefit rainy day markets as vendors will set up beneath the pavilion and ample parking will be available.
“We started this market in 2003,” Hetterman said. “Its been going strong for over seven years now and I think a lot of people look forward to it. They show up early to make sure they get the items they want before they’re gone and it’s something everyone can get excited about.”
The market is located on the courthouse lawn and is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. except for June 11, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 18 and Oct. 1 when night markets will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m.