Farmers market opens
LDR file photo/Aaron Jennings
Tara Fullerton looks through some tomatoes at the Lebanon Farmers Market in August. The farmers market opened up for the season Saturday at its usual location in the parking lot next to Jefferson Avenue just south of the railroad tracks. The market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
As flowers bloom and green continues to creep into the scenery, another sign of spring is on its way in the form of open-air shopping.
The Lebanon Farmers Market is open for its eighth season beginning Saturday. The market is located in the parking lot next to Jefferson Avenue on the east side, just south of the railroad tracks. It is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Lebanon Farmers Market manager Kate Bolden said that the market should start out with some produce and get more as the season continues.
“There’s just a huge difference in the way the fresh produce tastes compared to (what) you buy at the grocery stores,” she stated. “Usually our prices are pretty competitive with the stores, and sometimes even cheaper.”
The market also offers plants, baked goods and eggs. Normally honey is not available until June, but one of the honey vendors plans to be present today if the weather cooperates because he has honey left over from last year.
Bolden said that this year the Farmers Market has a new vendor who will be selling frozen lamb. Later in the season, a food vendor will sell refreshments like lemonade, limeade and popcorn.
Bolden said that farmers market regulars enjoy visiting with each other and the vendors, and that the farmers market becomes a community.
“Even our vendors — we just feel like we’re one big, happy family normally,” she stated.