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Farmers market opened Saturday celebrating its 15th year

May 12, 2014

People in downtown Columbia City shop homemade crafts and fresh local produce at the Whitley County Farmer’s Market Saturday morning. Live music was provided by Shade Jones.

Whitley County’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. “We have added food trucks and carts so those at market can get something hot to eat,” said Chris Lily, market master.

“There are a lot of farmers who are returning this year, and we are always excited to have new vendors with vegetables and plants.” 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 Saturday’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.

“This gives residents another way to get quality food to their table,” said Lily.

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