THE MARKET RETURNS THE SUMMER OF 2022!
BREAKING NEWS: The Farmers Market will open for its 10th season this summer, on Wednesday afternoons. Starting dates and times will be announced soon. The Market operates inside and outside of the historic Rural Retreat Depot, and is free to both vendors and customers. Guided tours are available during Market hours.
Our goal is to provide a source of healthy local produce and baked goods, and a storefront for locally-made artisanal crafts. You can always get the latest Market information on our Depot and our Farmers Market Facebook pages.
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.