HEALTHY LIVING: Farmers’ Market within the eighth yr – The Tribune

Customers sample locally made honey at the Ironton Farmers Market. (The Ironton Grandstand | Mark Shaffer)

The Ironton Farmers Market opened to the public eight years ago.

Since then, Market Square on Second Street in downtown has become a Friday and Saturday morning destination for people looking for fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The market’s vendors are from Lawrence County and the surrounding counties and sell a variety of goods, such as seasonal produce, baked goods, honey, eggs, homemade candies, homemade crafts, and flowers.

The market is a project by Ironton aLive and its managing director Sam Heighton also oversees the market.

He said there are many healthy options on the market.

“Some of our baked goods are good, healthy food,” he said. “And we have a lot of local items. I think if you look around you can find all sorts of healthy foods.

And we plan to create a healthy food brochure for shoppers to know what to look for and what healthy options are available. “

The market started out for a number of reasons including helping local farmers and artisans to have a place to sell, give customers a taste of locally grown produce, and bring more people downtown. A few hundred people visit the market on most weekends.

“People enjoy the atmosphere of the farmers market,” said Heighton. “People enjoy the variety and ease of shopping. And we now have a lot of baked goods and also handicrafts. It’s just a good shopping experience. “

Heighton said one of the big advantages is that most of the produce is grown locally.

“We have three categories,” he says. “First of all, it is home grown, then grown locally and then grown from the region. Every seller must indicate where the products come from. “

Heighton said that at this time of year you know there is no such thing as locally grown corn or green beans: “But when these items show up, we’re going to start growing more and more ourselves.”

There are also citizen groups like Ironton In Bloom the opportunity to raise money by using market produce to make goods that they give away, although people are free to donate to the group.

The market is supported by a grant from King’s Daughters Medical Center and Ironton aLive is using the funds to purchase items for the sellers, such as aprons and hats and some advertising.

The Ironton Farmers Market takes place in Market Square on Second Street in Ironton on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the vendors sell out.

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