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Farmers Market set to begin this weekend

By Staff | Apr 1, 2011

After a three-month hiatus, the Shepherdstown Farmers Market will return this weekend with new and familiar vendors lining King Street behind Shepherdstown Public Library.

Megan Webber, a vendor out of Sharpsburg, Md., who also handles publicity for the market, said this weekend’s market will feature meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, among other things. Webber also hopes to have vendors selling various spring vegetables and plants.

Bill Grantham, manager of Tudor Hall Farms and one of the founders of the Shepherdstown Farmers Market, said the impetus for beginning the market about 20 years ago was to set up another in the area. There was already one in Charles Town.

“We tried one in Shepherdstown to attract other vendors,” he said. “The Shepherdstown folks have been extremely supportive of the market, and they’re greatly appreciated by the vendors.”

Webber said of the dozen vendors that will be in attendance, most are from Jefferson County while a handful come from Maryland or Berkeley County.

She said because the products are locally grown and sold, customers get a

chance to talk to talk to the producers and ask questions about the goods.

One farm that will join the group of vendors at this year’s market is Wysong Farms, a family-owned and operated venture out of Charles Town. Locke Wysong will be at the market with his sister, Cesarina.

Locke said over the years, with changes in the agriculture industry, his family had to adjust their approach to farming.

“We understand that farming had to diversify over the years to be successful,” he said.

The Wysongs will sell baked goods made from ingredients from his and other local farms.

“What we try to do is use as many vendors as we can as a source to make our own product,” Locke said.

It’s this local approach that Locke, and others at the market, want to preach to customers.

“It’s very important that people understand that the product that’s at the market is made locally and grown locally,” he said.

Locke said while some may find it more convenient to go to an area store to pick up groceries, buying local is a way to invest in the community as well as ensuring the purchase of quality products.

“Their dollar is staying here,” he said.

The market will open at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 3. A ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m., and music will begin at 11 a.m. The market runs until 1 p.m.