Elk­ton’s Farm­ers Mar­ket puts lo­cal pride on dis­play

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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 ad­min­is­tra­tion@elk­ton.org.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Amanda Pritchard and her son pose at their Red­bird Home­stead ta­ble at the Elk­ton Farm­ers Mar­ket on Satur­day morn­ing.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Elk­ton res­i­dents Jenn Cooper and Aliene Rit­ten­house hold some of the prod­ucts they bought at the Elk­ton Farm­ers Mar­ket on Satur­day morn­ing.

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