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A new year, the same market

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014

The Shepherdstown Farmer’s Market will return this Sunday, April 6. As in years past, the market will feature a variety of vendors offering local produce, plants, herbs. non gmo meat and eggs, baked goods, natural products and more.

Megan Webber of Megan Webber Flowers, said the Shepherdstown Farmer’s Market will continue to offer a full range of local goods for visitors.

“It’s the full spectrum now.”

“There’s pretty much everything you could hope to get at a farmer’s market,” she said.

The traditional ribbon cutting featuring Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer will open up this weekend’s festivities.

Webber said this year the market will offer a few new features

In May the market will host a series informational talks on topics such as “Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden,” and “Attracting Butterflies and Raising Caterpillars.”

On April 27, following Shepherdstown’s celebration of Earth Day the day prior, the market will once again hold an educational “seed planting,” exercise for kids.

“They liked is so much last year, we did it two weeks in a row,” Webber said about the popular event.

As in years past, the market will feature various other contests and special events throughout the season.

As is tradition, live acoustic music performed by local musicians will offer the market its soundtrack.

Webber said the colder than average temperatures have been a challenge for the farmer’s this year, so its especially important for the community to show its support for its local farms.

“I’ve lost a lot of things in my garden,” she said.

“It’s been a long cold winter.”

Market Master Jimi Foltz will be in attendance at Sunday’s opening market, though Webber said he may not yet have goods ready for sale, following the recent fire at his greenhouse.

“I think he’ll be there for sure,” she said.

Webber is hopeful about the market’s continued success despite the extreme temperatures and setbacks for local growers.

“Hopefully, it’ll be a great season,” she said.

The farmers market will open Sunday morning at 9 a.m. until Dec. 21 at its usual location behind Shepherdstown Library on South King St..

To find out more information about the market, including specific vendor information and products. follow the marker on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShepherdstownFarmersMarket.