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Farmers Market Opens

Editors note:  The “last Thursday” refered to was not yesterday, but a week before.

Vegetables_clip_art_mediumThe Raytown Farmers’ Market opened this past Thursday at 6210 Raytown Road across from the green space.  There were over 50 people who attended the opening.  Due to the weather the past several months, the produce was limited but was of high quality.  There were several types of lettuce as well as onions and radishes.  There were a large number of potted vegetables and herbs that were ready for planting.  The chocolate mint thyme was a big hit.

Saturday was another great day for the Market.  There were over 100 people who visited the Market and purchased produce (vegetables and herbs) and other items.

Both days, the vendors sold produce as well as plants, baked goods, table accessories, aprons, blankets and flowers.  They included Stony Crest Urban Farm, Sister Friends Specialties, Emmanuel Kip’s Garden, Apron Strings and Other Things.

There were downpours both days which didn’t last too long, just enough to make everyone hurry under the tents.

The market has a children’s area each market day

On Thursday, the Butterfly Lady, Terry Shepherd from the Butterfly Fields Nursery taught in the children’s area.  She showed the children the caterpillar she was growing amidst ferns and other plants and explained the cycle of growth.  Each child received a prismatic butterfly to take home.

On Saturday, the librarians for the Raytown Mid-Continent Library showed the children how to make tie-dyed flowers. Each child decorated their flowers using their imagination.

On Thursday, Frank Rardon entertained the crowd with his music from the 60s and 70s.

On Saturday, Daryl Jones’ salad making demonstration produced a wonderful salad from produce purchased at the market.

As the weather gets warmer, there will be many more vendors and a much larger selection for the people attending the Market.

There were many positive comments.  The people were very pleased that Raytown residents now had their own Farmers’ Market.

The Raytown Farmers’ Market is a grower/producer only market.  All food is grown locally (within a 120 mile radius of the center of Raytown), and the person they are purchasing the produce or product from is the person who grew or made.

Eat local, eat fresh and support your local economy.

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