Last week, we held the first of three preseason Farmers Markets before our official first day of our full season on June 1st.
For the first day we were able to line up two awesome events, including a gardening workshop and a musical performance.
Glen Simpson, local musician performed for approximately two hours in the morning, and was followed by Master Gardener Pauline Sturgill who led a Flowers Planting workshop. Each event drew a wide range of individuals: it was awesome to see.
For weeks leading up to the opening day, I had countless people both call and come up and ask when the Farmers Market would be opening for the season, and had a large spike in facebook hits. The entire day was lively and eventful, and was what one would expect a market to look like!! Pretty exciting considering it is only our second year. Most importantly, our vendors did so well! We had two new vendors join us Saturday who did well, and our returners made close to what they made on their best days last year!
As for our community garden table, thanks to an extended season through the use of our two high tunnels, and with seed money from Grow Appalachia, we too made more than we ever had.
From the Williamson community garden, we harvested and sold two different varieties of kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, bets and a plethora of herbs.
Now that we have a few weeks to catch up we will most likely have mesclun lettuce next week, as well as radishes and shortly after, broccoli and cabbage!