The Richmond Register

June 29, 2013

Farmers’ market bustles with business Saturday

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The Madison County Farmers’ Market was so busy Saturday that Breann Grafter, Lydia Harrel and Brooklynn Lykins ran out of lemonade at their stand and had to get more.

The farmers’ market is conducting sales for the 13th year in the Lowe’s parking lot off the Eastern Bypass in Richmond.

The market offers fresh produce from local farms, as well as honey, jams and more. The market is set up every Saturday at Lowe’s from 8 a.m. to noon, and some vendors set up on Tuesday mornings too. This summer, some vendors also are selling Thursdays on EKU’s campus on Park Drive.

Sandra Arvin, owner of Arvin Farms in Irvine, said the market has been busy lately, and she expects it to be busier when the vendors start selling corn.

“When the corn comes in and you have more tomatoes, more people start coming,” she said. “People love corn, tomatoes and beans.”

Sanford and June Jones of Richmond left the market Saturday with bags of fresh zucchini, squash, yellow potatoes, onions and blackberries. The Joneses have supported the farmers’ market for several years, they said.

“Well, you get fresh vegetables without having them transported,” Sanford Jones said. “And it supports the efforts of the local farmers.”

Tammy Marcum, owner of Marcum Farms in Waco, said the improved weather is helping both the turnout at the market and the crops on her farm.

“As the weather improves, more stuff comes in,” she said. “The more things that come in, the more people show up.”