Winter farmers market returns this month

The Seymour Area Farmers Market will continue to sell locally grown and made products outdoors in the Walnut Street Parking Lot through the winter.

The winter market will be at the same location as the regular summer season under the farmers market awning. It will be set up from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month beginning Nov. 16 and ending in April.

Market Manager Jo Boehlke said the first winter market was in November 2018 when they had three vendors and met inside The Herbal Alternative. Then in November 2019, the winter market was held on the first floor of the Smith Law Services building at Chestnut and Second streets.

“In March of 2020 in response to COVID-19 concerns, we moved the winter market outdoors to our regular summer location. We decided to keep it there,” Boehlke said.

She said the winter market will have the same number of vendors — nine — this year compared to last year but possibly more if the weather permits.

Vendors planning to be set up at the winter market are Purple Shamrock Farm (eggs and pet treats), Christopher Farms (produce and maple syrup), Plumer and Bowers Farmstead (pastured beef, wheat flour, popcorn and eggs), Nightfall Farm (pastured poultry, pork, lamb and eggs), Julie’s Farm Fresh (lettuce), Wild Pansy Farm (produce), More Than Just Soap (homemade soap and grooming products), Herbal Squirrel (jalapeno cheese bread and produce) and U Can (canning kits for jellies and produce).

If weather permits, Baked by Mary will have bread available, and The Sweet Life of Seymour will have gluten-free cookies and granola.

“The market manager posts regularly on social media both the week before and a few days before the market to let customers know what to expect to see at the market,” Boehlke said. “There’s also Facebook Live at the beginning of the market to show folks exactly what we have.”

The market will continue to offer drive-thru service. Customers can enter the market on the south side of the parking lot near the handicap parking area and follow the signs to a greeter, who will take their order.

“Carrie Smith is the farmers market committee chairman, and 2022 will be her last year in that position, and she has done a fantastic job,” Boehlke said. “I will continue as market manager through the end of December. Then in January, Rachel Root will take over the role.”

She said when you buy from local farmers and artisans, all of the money stays in the community.

“We love our customers and look forward to serving them through the winter,” Boehlke said. “Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.”

It costs $30 to be a vendor at the winter market. The vendor handbook and application are available at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce or online at Vendors need proof of liability insurance to sell at the market.

For information, email [email protected]

Stacey Williams, left, talks to Stephanie Strothmann at the Purple Shamrock Farm booth at the Seymour Area Farmers Market in June 2020. The winter farmers market season begins Nov. 16.

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Tricia Bowers, left, and her niece, Sophie Hoffert, represent Plumer and Bowers Farmstead at the Seymour Area Farmers Market in June 2020. The winter farmers market season begins Nov. 16.

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