I made a non-Chronicle trip to the Farmer’s Market
at Minnora last week. This is a hidden treasure of Calhoun County. We
deliver the Chronicle there each week, so I have seen the growth from a
few vendors to a crowded area of produce, baked goods and some crafts.
I noticed a group of children gathered in a circle
and decided it would make a good picture. They were fascinated by a
crate of baby chicks and were still there when I left over an hour
later. Children of all ages seemed to be everywhere. There were several
cars in the parking lot, and people gathered outside and in the
building. The porch benches were filled with neighbors and friends
enjoying the surroundings.
At the Farmer's market, Clockwise from left are, Sandra Richards,
Ryan Twist, Briar Stehman, Melissa Dennison holding Ivy Grace Kelly,
Jacy Stehman and Robert Twist.
I was meeting Marnelle Sampson, a long-time friend
from Chloe. We bought an individual fried cherry pie and commented that
we should have some coffee to go with it. In a short time, coffee was
provided as was a chair to use for a table. Everyone was scurrying
around to make us welcome.
After a short visit, we were checking out the
vendors. The herbs and plants were healthy and varied. There was even an
educational exhibit of different mushrooms from the area.
Lisa Page of Walnut is a new vendor with fresh farm eggs. Customers
had choice of colors and size.
Janet Richards had pies and wild blackberries.
Michelle Yatauro Wagoner of Yellow Creek Farms holds son Isaac, who
was teething on zucchini.
The produce was clean and ready to use. Several
varieties of green beans were available, along with wild blackberries,
either fresh or in pies. Fresh eggs were also being sold at prices a
little less than in grocery stores.
Organizers Tom McColley, Sue Cosgrove, and Scott
and Gae Bailey were enjoying the activity in the room. They had seen it
grow from a few items to a bountiful harvest.
The Farmer’s Market is open each Wednesday from 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upper West Fork Park on Rt. 16. If you decide to go,
plan on staying awhile. It is a good source of healthy food, helps the
local economy, and is just a good time. Every age will enjoy Calhoun