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Open For Season: Downtown Farmers Market

By: Jillian Risberg, Shannon Houser Email
By: Jillian Risberg, Shannon Houser Email

UPDATE: 5/10/2013 4:00 PM

It's officially open for the summer. The Downtown Farmers Market is already packed on it's first day in Parkersburg.

"We grow everything. We grow chard, kale, tomatoes, peppers,onions. We grow watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew...everything," says Sasha Wilson of Davis Farm.

Fresh produce, beautiful flowers, handmade items, all locally grown, made and sold right in downtown Parkersburg. It's the start of the Farmers Market season. A new year brings new vendors.

Kristina Canfield owner of KC's KupCakes says, "it's our first year here and we really wanted to come and let the public know we're here and sell some delicious cupcakes and just be a part of the downtown scene and local business."

It's a place to shop that's convenient for both customers and vendors.

"Having the farmers market helps us get out and into the community. It's right in the middle of everything. We keep getting more farmers every year. With more variety you're going to bring more people," Wilson says.

And with all those veggies, you may need a place to keep them fresh as you go back to work. Don't worry, the farmers market has you covered with a new service this year.

"If people can't take the goods they have to work and store them in their workplace, we store them at the Blennerhassett Hotel and they can pick them up after work," says Parkersburg Development Planning Administrator, Rickie Yeager.

A new service and a new way to get the community involved. "We also have a new community garden up at third and market. Our cooking demonstrations will be utilizing the vegetables and herbs that are growing up there," Yeager adds.

The farmers market is a staple to downtown and one many regular customers can't resist.

"To support the local community and to buy their products and to look and to learn. That's basically why we come. We enjoy it," says customer Sue Gant.

On Friday, opening day for the season, the first 100 mothers received a free flower in the spirit of Mother's Day this weekend.

The farmers market is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 2:00 pm.

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It's that time of year again, the Parkersburg Farmer's Market opens it's summer season today and it's chock full of good eats and more.

Rickie Yeager, planning administrator for the city says with 20 vendors and a couple more food trucks, it's nice for the lunchtime hour.

From baked goods to crafters, produce to fruits and a new herb vendor this year, there's a wide variety of fresh food to choose from.

“We're going to have live entertainment with Dan Cunningham; we're going to have a cooking demonstration with the WVUP Culinary School,” Yeager says. “Gene Evans, who's the director there will be down with some of his students doing a cooking demonstration, so that'll be very good. They're going to be using ingredients that you would find this time of year that's in season.”

Yeager says they want to give everyone an opportunity to participate in a farmer's market because it's an experience.

Their slogan is: ‘Everything Great About the Country In a Downtown,’ so he thinks people will really like it if they’ve never been before.

It's open every Tuesday and Friday through September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3rd and Market Street.


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