It just wouldn’t be summertime in the Midlands without farmers markets and its rows of local growers stocking makeshift booths or the tailgates of pickups with brightly colored garden treasures. From the familiar tomatoes, sweet corn and flowers to jams, meat, baked goods and crafts, you never know what you might find, or who you’ll […]Blood said nowhere did the leadership and foresight of the volunteers shine brighter than during the height of COVID-19. “Our market was open during the pandemic,” she said. “We handed out free masks, asked people to maintain appropriate distance, had special hours for pregnant moms, seniors and those with health issues. “We also provide hand sanitation locations throughout the market. Our attendance was as good as it was prior and after the pandemic. This year, we have had exceptional traffic. People like our environment as it is very family- and dog-friendly. There is a playground, picnic shelters, a gazebo and it’s accessible for people with disabilities. Parking is also free.”The market is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We grow most of the produce here at the farm, but we also stock items from other local vendors, including It’s All About Bees, Erick’s Enchiladas, Norm’s pork rinds, Jisa cheese, E-Creamery ice cream and cookies, Fontanelle Orchard cider and many more.“We are expanding our kid zone area with activities and animals for the kids. We also will have a sample day on Saturday, July 23, with our fresh-cooked sweet corn and lots of salsa, jellies and other items.” Depending on time of year, there are also added attractions, Wenninghoff said. “Our farm is open mid-April to mid-June with spring bedding plants,” she said. “The regular produce barn is open daily July through October. We also open on Small Business Weekend after Thanksgiving and offer Christmas gift baskets with all our jar items like jams, sauerkraut, pickles and our famous corn nuts.”“Our market booths are spaced out so that our vendors and customers have plenty of room to shop and feel comfortable in a crowd,” she said.
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