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Riverview Farmers Market gearing up for 2016 season

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There is always something special about the transition from winter to spring for me.  Grass greening, daffodils blooming, buds beginning to show on the trees—it is truly a wondrous sight to see the earth waking up after its long winter slumber.

Underneath those pretty flowers and fresh grass, the soil temperatures are warming up which means planting season is on its way and the farmer’s market season will arrive soon.

Farmers’ markets are a great opportunity to support our local agricultural producers.  Buying local puts a face on your food and creates a connection between the consumer and farmer.  It also gives you the chance to be “Kentucky Proud.”

Kentucky Proud stands for products with roots in Kentucky soil.  Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians.

When you buy a product with the Kentucky Proud label, you are buying the freshest, most nutritious food possible, helping a Kentucky farm family earn a living, and reducing the miles that the food has to travel from the farm to your plate.

Farmer’s markets are one excellent example of being Kentucky Proud.

There are more than 159 farmer’s markets across the Commonwealth, and we are very fortunate to have one right here in Carroll County—the Riverview Farmer’s Market.

During the market season (April through October), the Riverview Farmer’s Market is open on Wednesdays at Point Park (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Saturdays at Hometown Pizza (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.).  In the summer months (June-September), the market is also set up around the Courthouse during First Fridays.

The variety of products available from our market is outstanding and very diverse.  Over 60 products, including vegetables, fruits, flowers, meat, jams, and jellies, are available throughout the season.

Just as the farmer’s market members welcome consumers with a friendly face, they also would like to welcome new vendors.

Have you ever thought about joining the Riverview Farmer’s Market and selling your own produce?

Please join us for the next Riverview Farmer’s Market meeting on March 21, 6 p.m., at the Carroll County Extension Office.  Here, you can meet the existing vendors and learn more about becoming a vendor yourself.

New vendors will have to undergo a one-time Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training for farmer’s market members.  Although the names are similar, this training is not the same as GAP training for tobacco producers.  You can learn more about this training at the meeting, and set up a time to complete the training at the Extension Office.

Do you want to know the secret ingredient to Kentucky Proud and the Riverview Farmer’s Market in Carroll County?

It is the hard work and dedication of our Carroll County farm families, for whom we are very thankful.

For more information on the Riverview Farmer’s Market, please contact the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service at (502) 732-7030. 

Dates of Interest

March 23 – Carroll County Extension District Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

March 28 – Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

 

Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.