People in downtown Columbia City shop homemade crafts and fresh local produce at the Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market Saturday morning. Live music was provided by Shade Jones.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market opened Saturday at the Whitley County Courthouse Square, celebrating its 15th year of providing a variety of fresh local produce, meats, eggs, home-baked goods, plants, flowers and a wide array of local crafts.
The market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October. â€śWe have added food trucks and carts so those at market can get something hot to eat,â€ť said Chris Lily, market master.
â€śThere are a lot of farmers who are returning this year, and we are always excited to have new vendors with vegetables and plants.â€ť This year, the market is led by a board, which includes some vendors, as well as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce members.
Parkview Whitley Hospital will be a sponsor for the market.
Lilly said entertainment is being sought out, as well as someone who would like to volunteer to coordinate the local talent. At Saturdayâ€™s event, Shade Jones provided live entertainment for market-goers.
Government assistance is added to the market for some participating vendors who use SNAP benefits, a food voucher program.
â€śThis gives residents another way to get quality food to their table,â€ť said Lily.
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