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                  Depot Farmers Market Staff 2023                                                              Vendors and Staff -- 2023 Depot Farmers Market

The 2023 Season Farmers Market at the Depot is now closed.

Our Eleventh season was a huge success.

CUSTOMER COUNT: Highest-217/Lowest-98/Average-165/Total customers served-1,975

VENDOR COUNT: Maximum # vendors-18/Minimum # vendors-8/ Average # vendors-14/Total # of vendors participating in the market-30

VENDOR PRODUCT VARIETY:

Fruits- blueberries, blackberries, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe

Vegetables-potatoes, sweet corn, peppers, onions, beets, cabbage, greens, microgreens, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, beans

Local Honey/Fresh Eggs/Goat Cheese

Baked Goods- breads, sweet breads, muffins, cupcakes, pretzels, biscotti, cookies, sweet rolls, candies, cakes, pies

Meats- beef, lamb, pork

Canned Goods: jams, jellies, applebutter, salsas, relishes, seasonings, sauces

Fresh & Dried Herbs

Wood Furniture

Arts and Crafts- handmade, hand-sewn & hand painted items-art on stone, jewelry, wreaths, aprons, towels, etc.

Vegetable plants/house plants

TOURS: Maximum # tours-9/Minimum # tours- 1/ Average # tours-3.5/Total # tours conducted over 12 weeks-41

DOCENTS: Priscilla Hall, Karen Kegley, Brenda Atwell, Thelma Miller, Carla Berry, Frank Akers, Ed Schaack, Betsy Perkins, Kay Corvin

DEPOT MARKET STAFF:  Michael Cole, market manager, Frank Akers, Amy McBride, Betsy Perkins, Brenda Atwell, Audrey Hedrick, Linda Vaught, Phyllis Hurt, Carla Berry, Ed Schaack, Ellen Schaack, Ron Penton, Curtis Vaught ( extra helpers: Parker and Luke)

WEEKLY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT: provided by our own “DJ AMY” ---“playin’ the favs & gettin’ the raves!!!” Thanks Amy!!

SPECIAL EVENTS AND VISITORS:

Brock Hughes Medical Center

Jim Lloyd and the JAM KIDS

Starbucks Day: Coffee by Amy McBride

Dept of Health Nurses/Women’s and Children’s Services

History:  The first ever Farmer's Market at Rural Retreat Depot launched on Wednesday July 3, 2013 and closed in September after a very successful first season.  The number of weekly vendors ranged from 10 to 20 and the customer count was usually around 200.  Wayne Smelser of Creggar Farms was one of the Farmers’ Market vendors. Smelser said “The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the flavors of our area. Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties. Buying directly from farmers gives your local farmer a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s economy. Shopping at our farmers market is a wonderful opportunity to taste the diversity of our community, to eat healthy, and to support your local farmers.”  You can help our Farmer's Market grow by contributing to the Depot today.

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