Farmer's market offers local options
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:00 PM
For longer than most folks can remember, Montgomery County has had a farmers' market. It is located in the courthouse parking lot on the corner of Washington and Market streets in Crawfordsville and is open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Frank Phillips, who grew up in the time before interstate highways and when roadside produce stands were much more prominent , has reported on the news, events and people of west-central Indiana for years. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship is what separates the farmers' market from similar offerings in local grocery stores, said Ron Seaman, one of the vendors in the local farmers' market. Seamans' wife, Nancy, is one of the organizers of the local market. Each year, Nancy goes to the county commissioners and gets approval to use the courthouse parking lot.
"We have friends who sell to Kroger and County Market," Ron said. But on Saturdays and Wednesday evenings, a group of vendors come together and take time to visit with one another and with their customers. Not only will they sell you just-picked produce but they will teach you how to prepare it; just ask.
There are a few local produce stands in the area and some of those folks also bring their products to the farmers' market.
Each week 30 to 35 vendors gather to sell their wares.
Nancy said it started as a place to buy and sell fruits and vegetables but some people now bring in breads, rolls and breakfast items.
"We now have a food court," Ron added.
A whittler and a leather worker also come regularly.
Residents should know the market offers the government WIC program.
"We have tried to get food stamps but haven't got that done yet," Ron said.
Unlike many other farmers' markets, there is no charge to vendors at Crawfordsville.
The first farmers' market was on North Washington Street at the old sale barn. There was just one vendor. Servies Market at New Market sold vegetables at that location.
Later, the market relocated next to the Masonic Temple on Washington Street, Ron said.
The Seamans credited Jim Shillings (now deceased) and Dick Vannice with being two of the original organizers.