First Farmer’s Market fares well

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The clouds and rain didn’t stop over 500 people from attending Main Street Portsmouth’s first Farmer’s Market this past Saturday.

“We had a great turnout, it’s still early in the season so not all of the vendors have their produce ready,” said Farmer’s Market manager Alex Scott. “Even then, a lot of the vendors sold out.”

If you didn’t make it out this weekend, there’s no need to worry. There are still plenty of opportunities to get your hands on home-grown organic vegetables like fruits, jams and jellies as well as baked goods and many other locally supplied items.

The Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the Roy Rogers Esplanade.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to purchase locally grown and locally made goods,” said visitor Adrienne Carver. The selection was great and so are the prices. It’s also wonderful knowing that I helped to support a local person and their family rather than a big-box store that already makes millions.”

In addition to the produce, there are local and cottage-made goods like, handmade herbal soaps and goat milk soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions and miscellaneous craft items.

“We’ve still got plenty of space for vendors, if someone is interested, they can just come the day of the Farmer’s Market and fill out their registration form,” said Scott. “The first set-up is free, so we encourage those interested to come check it out.”

SNAP and EBT benefits are also accepted at the Farmer’s Market, making it accessible for all. The Scioto County Health Coalition has also partnered with Main Street Portsmouth to carry out their Healthy Bucks program, rewarding visitors with $5 certificates to be used towards their purchases.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what next Saturday holds, I hope that it just continues to grow throughout the season and I hope that those who have never visited will come down at least one Saturday to see what we’re about,” said Scott.

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor or have any questions about the Farmer’s Market, please contact Farmer’s Market Manager Alex Scott at 740-727-4737.

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Produce isn’t the only thing you can find at the Farmer’s Market, there are plants, pottery, and other hand-made items too! isn’t the only thing you can find at the Farmer’s Market, there are plants, pottery, and other hand-made items too!

By Ciara Conley

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