The Williamson Farmers Market got off to a strong start as the 2019 season’s opening day drew about 300 patrons last Saturday.
“Opening day was really good,” said Maria Arnott, Community Agriculture manager for the Williamson Health and Wellness Center. “Just about everyone sold out and the people who came out seemed happy with the market.
The Farmers Market will be open each Saturday through the end of September, according to Rebecca Hooker, Farmers Market manager. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each week.
“We promote healthy eating and we have great locally-grown produce,” she said. “Also, SNAP dollars stretch enormously through a grant Maria was able to get.”
According to Arnott, people using SNAP will get twice the value of their purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market. Also, those with children under 18 in their household will get three times the purchase value.
Offerings and activities at the Williamson Farmers Market will vary each week, Arnott and Hooker said.
“We try to change it up every week and try to make it a little different,” Arnott said. “This week there will be someone here selling fresh meats and another person with homemade soaps.”
Throughout the season, Arnott said, there will be different food trucks, live music, cooking demonstrations for children and canning classes, among other activities.
Arnott said the Williamson Farmers Market will begin its mobile market next week. Stops will be in Lenore on Wednesdays and Matewan on Thursdays each week. Once each month the truck will be in Dingess and Delbarton.