10/06/11 The Plymouth Farmers’ Market (PFM) ends its 7th season this Saturday–same time, same place—River Park Square. Special activities are planned to end what has been its most unusual season. Vendor and shopper attendance seemed to increase as more fruits and vegetables were available. Unfortunately, the strange weather patterns impacted what was available and crops were late and sporadic. But they came.
Activities are planned beginning at 7:30 a.m. with music by Jim Vinall and balloon creations by Mr. Art who has special Halloween creations to share. Youngsters will also have an opportunity to decorate a pumpkin and take their work of art home.
The market board is always looking for ways to improve and continue the momentum that has been built over the years. Shoppers will be asked to fill out a short survey which will enter them in a drawing for a $100 shopping ‘spree’ that day—any vendor, any item, edible or not! The questions are simple: “What do you like? What would you like to see changed?” Any and all suggestions and/or criticisms are welcome.
Tastings throughout the season have been popular starting with strawberries supplied by Janice Hurford of Sunny Acres, usually atop Sr. Sue of Earthwork’s shortbread. As the season progressed, so did the tastings–tomatoes, melons, blueberry shortcake, corn on the cob, caramel apples and salsa, the same secret recipe served at the Taste of Marshall County at the 4-H Fair. This Saturday Tom Keb, market manager, will be serving up chili samples.
Many vendors have been on board since Day One and have seen their businesses flourish—rhubarb, veggies and fresh baked goods from Carol Blake; bread, artisan cheeses and free-trade coffee from Sr. Sue of Earthworks; anything that grows from Janice Hurford of Sunny Acres. The past few years have seen an influx of Amish and Mennonite vendors, as well. Some vendors have been so successful, they have moved on to larger venues.
Shoppers now see the market as part of their early morning routine each week, not only to savor the newest crops but visit with friends and neighbors. Many come to support their favorite not-for-profit for the week. Another big thank you dinner is planned for the vendors on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Earthworks in Donaldson. Last year’s event was a huge success. Vendors will receive a postcard invitation.
Any questions or comments can be sent to Tom Keb through the website at www.plymouthfarmersmarket.com or by contacting Tom at 574-217-5776.