Seymour Area Farmers Market profile: Codger Supply Store

The Seymour Area Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Walnut Street Parking Lot located south of the railroad tracks near the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour.

The market also is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

Here’s a look at one of the vendors and their products.

Codger Supply Store

Owner and name of the person who sells at the market: Preston Carter

Residence: Freetown

Where is your farm or business located? Freetown

What items do you sell at the farmers market?

Wooden or acrylic pens and pencils, cutting/serving boards, a few child furniture items and other random assorted things.

What made you want to start your business of creating?

I’ve always had the desire to build since I was a kid. For my pens, I never could find a store-bought fountain pen that I liked in the U.S. When I visited Switzerland and saw the prices on those pens, I figured I could just make my own.

Where did you learn to produce your product?

I learned a few basic woodworking skills in Boys Brigade, which was the American Baptist equivalent to Boy Scouts but on a smaller scale. Other than that, I’m self-taught through reading and observing others.

How long have you been producing the items you sell at the market?

These particular items, a little over a year.

Do you do this full time or is this a side business/hobby?

This is a hobby.

What do you enjoy about selling your goods locally?

Meeting a person, said person finding an item of mine that I made and finding joy in it.

Favorite items that you sell?

I like all of them, but the pens in particular, especially the McKenzie Penworks ones. They are a family-run company I buy components from and really nice people.

Why do you think folks should shop at the farmers market?

I do not, never have and likely never will use a CNC or any other computer aids to shape my products. The closest I’ll get are templates and guided router bits for the furniture and the occasional sign. My items are all shaped by hand, by me, from start to finish.

Website/social media: Codger Supply Store on Facebook