Elkton’s Farmers Market puts local pride on display
— The rainy weather couldn’t keep the residents and vendors away from the Elkton Farmers Market’s grand opening on Saturday morning on the corner of Howard and Bow streets.
Baked goods, local honey, bird houses, soap, scrapple and woodcrafts were just some of the items available.
Michelle Henson is the administrative office secretary for the town of Elkton and person coordinating sellers for the market. She said there is a difference
between this year’s market and markets in years past.
This is a producer-based market, which means the buyer is getting the product from the person who “grew it, made it or processed it.”
Henson said she is waiting to hear back from the Maryland Department of Agriculture about her proposal to add the market to department’s list of approved farmers markets.
Henson has many hopes for this year’s market.
“My hope is to help bring yet another area that is a gathering place for the community,” Henson said. “My hope is for another community-centered area where neighbors can gather and talk. A friendly environment.”
There was a steady stream of people who visited the market on its opening day.
Elkton resident Carole Plasky said she came to the market to browse, as well as tell other seniors who live in an apartment complex for seniors on North Street, where she resides, about what is offered at the market.
Plasky said she likes that the produce and products being sold are all local.
“You’ve got to have pride in your town, that’s what makes it grow,” she said.
Elkton resident Jenn Cooper said she bought a butterfly house from Chuck and Peachie Sellers, who have a business that deals with making handmade wood items.
Peachie said her husband creates items, such as the log cabins, for sale and she decorates them.
Cooper said she came to the market to support the town and the vendors.
“I wanted to support these artists,” Cooper said.
Tim and Karen Sherman, who run TimKare Soaps LLC, were also among the vendors at the market.
Tim said local ingredients, including honey and clay, are used in the soaps that they make. Karen said other products such as lip balms and lotions are available as well. This is their first year at this market.
Norman and Martha Kendall, who own a small residential farm just outside of town, are selling their homemade baked goods, sausage scrapple and bacon, among other foods. This is their fourth year at the market.
Martha said their home- grown vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets and others will be sold at a later date.
Henson said three vendors were scheduled to show, but six vendors came to support one another, she said.
The market will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the last Saturday in October. The hours are from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
For vendors who want to become a part of the market, call Henson at 410-3980970 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Pritchard and her son pose at their Redbird Homestead table at the Elkton Farmers Market on Saturday morning.
Elkton residents Jenn Cooper and Aliene Rittenhouse hold some of the products they bought at the Elkton Farmers Market on Saturday morning.