Farmer's Market opens May 4

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By Candis Carpenter

 Beginning Friday, May 4, LaRue County residents and passersby will be able to enjoy the homegrown goodness of products from the annual LaRue County Farmer’s Market. 

The market will run from May to September and will be open 2-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the LaRue County Extension Service parking area. 

According to Abby Tate, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Assistant at the U.K. Extension Office in LaRue County, vendor attendance has grown this year, up five from last year’s seven vendors. 

“Each year has shown a consistent increase in customer and vendor participation,” said Tate in an email.

The mission, “To have a sustainable market that will serve and support the farmer and their community,” has been an ongoing goal since the program began in 2008. 

“The farm’s market serves two purposes in the community,” said vendor Joanna Hinton of Hinton’s orchard. “First, it provides an income opportunity for small farmers to make a direct contact with consumers to sell their products. Secondly, it provides an opportunity for the larger community to connect to their food source.”

“An increasing number of families do not grow their own food, so the farmer’s market allows both young and old to have a direct connection to where their food comes from,” added Hinton. 

Early on in the market there will be bedding plants, flowers, homemade foods, asparagus, strawberries and lettuces. 

In the summertime, there will be tomatoes, sweet corn, squash, melons, onions, potatoes, peaches, peppers, local beef and goat and homemade food items. 

The Extension Office is expecting some new and returning events to be held in conjunction with the market, including cooking classes every other Friday and the second annual Taste of LaRue County in June. 

The market fees are $50 for the season. If anyone is interested in becoming a member contact Abby Tate at the Extension Office at 270-358-3401 or email amtate2@uky.edu.