Litchfield’s two farmers markets provide fresh produce, crafts, jams and jellies, and more during the summer.
Open Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Original Farmers Market located in Central Park sees up to 13 vendors, selling a variety of foods, clothing and fresh produce. The Community Market, located in the parking lot of the Muddy Cow, runs from 2-5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Each market runs from spring, depending on the weather for when it opens, through October. Tammy Kirkpatrick, a vendor at the Original Farmers Market, sells canned goods, jellies, crafts and produce when it comes in. Kirkpatrick said this year, farmers are running about three weeks behind with produce planting as the ground did not thaw.
“There will be more stuff coming soon,” Kirkpatrick said. “We should see more vendors out here when the produce comes in, and more people will come soon.”
Kirkpatrick said there are a lot of people who come to the annual farmers market.
“People really support the market here,” Kirkpatrick said.
Sharon Volmer, a vendor at the Original Market, said the market has had a lot of support from the community.
“We have a lot of people who come by every week to buy their vegetables,” Volmer said.
She said the vendors usually have strawberries, broccoli, carrots, squash and zucchini, and pumpkins in the fall.
“In two weeks I’ll have more lettuce, radishes and onions,” she said.
A lot of Volmer’s canning recipes come from her family, especially her great grandmother. On the top of one of her jars reads “Dad’s pickles.” The farmers market brings fresh produce and family recipes to those in town, Volmer said.
“There’s more downtown shopping for area residents,” she said. “And a good part is the money stays in the community.”
Over near the Muddy Cow, vendors have a lot of the same items. Cindy Rusch, a beekeeper near Cedar Mills, sells fresh honey.
“The honey is a local, raw product,” Rusch said. “We have been around the market for a while.”
Rusch said another great part of the Community Market is that it will match up to $10 in Market Bucks for residents who use an EBT card at the market.
“So if you buy $10 worth of products, we provide another $10 to use at the market,” Rusch said.
Kathy Loveland, a vendor at the Community Farmers Market, said kids also get two $1 tokens to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.
“We run the program for the kids to learn about healthy eating,” Loveland said.
Each farmers market provides a variety of baked goods and fresh produce area residents can choose from. There are other products such as hand-made crafts, clothing and gifts that are available for purchase.
Although the Community Farmers Market will not be open during the Fourth of July, residents can come back the next week to get their fresh produce. Most likely, area farmers will have fresh vegetables and fruits within three weeks. For more information about The Original Market, visit facebook.com/originalfarmersmarketlitchfield/. To learn more about The Community Market, visit facebook.com/TheCommunityMarketInLitchfield/.