WATCH: Pike County Farmers Market to kick off June 7
By Sabrina Westfall
The Pike County Farmers Market will be moving to the lawn of the Pike County Public Library on Maple Street in Petersburg.
The market is scheduled to start the season June 7, and run each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Pike County Purdue Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator Maria Restrepo said the new location was proposed by library members.
“They have a new facility and a great yeard area for the farmers market to be … We hope to capture some more attention and draw in some more business for the library,” Restrepo explained.
The move to the library is not the only change the market will be seeing this year. Restrepo said coordinators are looking for musicians to perform while vendors are set up.
“We hope to have local bands or musicians play during the market,” Restrepo said.
She said performers will not be required to play for the entirety of the market, but would like to see them play for about an hour.
Those interested should call the office in order to schedule a date and time for performing.
While the entertainers perform, there will also be a host tent set up with free coffee.
In the market’s eighth season, Restrepo said it has seen a slow and steady growth. They now have seven to nine vendors set up through the season and are always on the look for more vendors.
The season cost for vendor set up is $20, with a fee of $3 for each market set up. Those who are not season vendors will have a set up fee of $5 for each market.
At the start of the season, the market is once weekly on Saturdays, but as gardeners have more items they will expand to also setting up on Tuesdays.
“In the middle of July we will start with Tuesday and Saturday. There is not a set date for that as Mother Nature determines that with our gardens getting put out and see we are waiting to see where people’s gardens are going to be at that time,” Restrepo explained.
There will be some produce and craft vendors set up, but she stressed more vendors are always encouraged to set up because diversity is the key to the succcess of a farmers market.
“A vendor doesn’t have to be from Pike County. We do have a grower’s agreement, and we want to keep things as local as possible,” she said.
Some of the vendor items to be expected will be produce, freezer beef, chick and eggs. In addition to the handmade soaps.
The market has plans for some events throughout the season, which can be viewed on the website www.pikecomarket.com.
To learn more about the market, to become a vendor or join the email list, contact the Pike County Purdue Extension office at 812-354-6838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.