Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Market days wind down


Heat and dry conditions will bring this year's Farmers' Market to an early close.

The last day will be Saturday, July 2.

Cultural Crossroads personnel said they expected the Farmers' Market at the Farm to continue into July, according to market manager Pam Brunson. However, heat and drought had many local growers abandoning their dried up crops in the fields.

"Even with the recent rain, it was too little, too late," Brunson said. "We appreciate the public's support of our market. We've had respectable crowds each Saturday, and many of our growers sold out of their vegetables."

The Saturday morning Farmers' Market, sponsored by Cultural Crossroads, a local arts agency that owns and manages the four-acre Farm, started the market three years ago.

In that time, many local growers have been identified and have joined the organization to become one of their many Farmers' Market vendors.

While vegetables and fruit took center stage, there were other vendors who supported the market with their wares.

Brunson said Melvin Goodson had a following for his natural herbal cream for arthritis sufferers that had people coming back for more. Maria had her customers returning for her delicious homemade tamales.

A young entrepreneur program brought many young people to the Farm with not only the vegetables from their 4-H gardens but homemade items as well.

According to Brunson, one of the hot sellers at this year's market was homemade by a soon-to-be sixth grader. Guy Twyman created a market for his natural homemade soaps.

"His peppermint soap was a huge hit," Brunson said. "I personally bought some and I can tell you there was nothing more refreshing with a cool summer shower than Guy's peppermint soap."

Other youngsters selling their produce and garden art included Marjorie and Logan Bailey.

Their mom and grandmother, Molly Bailey and Mary Anna Perryman sold many garden plants both vegetable and floral for resale.

"All in all, it's been a great market year," Brunson said. "I am personally grateful to Cultural Crossroads for opening their family-friendly Farm to the public. Every community needs access to fresh, homegrown vegetables and the support of Cultural Crossroads and the use of their beautiful four acre Farm is immeasurable."

Minden's Farmers' Market hopes to reopen in the fall with fall crops.

For more information about the market or Cultural Crossroads, contact Mrs. Brunson at 268-7628.

For more information, visit www.artsinminden.com or Facebook at Minden Louisiana Farmers' Market.






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