Established in 1977, Saturday's return marks the beginning of the farmers market's 37th year.
"We're really excited to have it back today. It's always a long wait between October and (the return of the market)," said
Harty said for the past several years they've been downtown every Saturday during the farmers market season to pick up their fresh produce and baked goods for the week, as well as to check out the multitude of delights to be found.
She said she was pleased to find not only how well-attended the opening day of the market was, given the overcast skies, but to see how many vendors were there.
"Usually at the beginning of the market there's not as many vendors. So it's kind of nice to see how busy it is, and so many new vendors," she said.
One regular vendor that has been a fixture at the market for more than a decade,
"It's about average, pretty cold and grey, which is typical," she said. "But I think the past week, with the sunshine and the warmth, had people really excited about getting out."
"This is our second year at the
Also still fairly new to the market is a service, available since last summer, that allows those with EBT cards to use their food stamps to purchase tokens that can be used at the market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
"It's been very popular so far," said
"Also the money goes to the hands of local farmers," said
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