In an effort to attract more shoppers, the Hopkins County Farmers Market will officially open at 8 a.m. Saturday at Mahr Park Arboretum.
Manager Bunny Wickham said the market had always been a place where someone could get a whole meal – including meat, produce and fruit – now they can get desserts and decor items. too much.
“We have such a diverse group of sellers – we have producers, artisans, bakers, different things,” she said. “I think customers will like it because it brings a wide range of things.”
She said all 10 vendors in the market last year have confirmed their participation, with four new vendors added.
“It’s a mix of growers, who bring in produce, plants and seasonal produce, and artisans who have handcrafted items,” Wickham said.
There is a florist who will sell fresh cut flowers, a baker and a seamstress, she said.
The market will be held at the Danny Peyton Outdoor Education Center in the park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, she said. Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market will be at Baptist Health Madisonville.
Wickham said the market has moved from Wednesday to Tuesday to accommodate more vendors. Offering evening hours also opens the market for people who can work during the day.
“That’s why we try to do a few evening hours so that we can attract not only more customers, but also more suppliers could be in the market,” said Wickham, who said he wanted to develop the farmers market for the for several years, but their previous location did not provide sufficient space.
“We are very happy to grow up,” she says.
Although the market now has room for more suppliers, they are limited by COVID-19 guidelines. Wickham said they will make sure there is six feet between each stand.
The market follows CDC and Hopkins County Department of Health guidelines, as well as wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and a six-foot distance. She said they were asking customers to look with their eyes, not their hands, to avoid spreading COVID-19.
“We would just like the customer to shop with their eyes and tell us what they would like, and we’ll bag it for them,” Wickham said. “We try to keep it as contactless as possible.”
Although the Farmers Market is no longer accepting vendors for this year, those interested can apply to be put on a list for next year.
For more information or to find out how to become a supplier next year, contact Wickham at 270-875-5806.