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FARMERS MARKET: Opening day grows interest

May 13, 2013

Marking the opening of the Whitley County Farmers Market was a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured, from left, is Doug Brown, Whitley County Chamber of Commerce; Chris Lilly, market master; Ryan Daniel, Columbia City mayor; and Chad Eckert, market marketing manager. See Page A5 of Monday's issue for more photos from the market’s opening day. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.

Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.

Lilly said that although the temperatures weren’t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.

“I was very pleased with both the vendor turn out as well as the steady stream of market goers,” Lilly said. “I think it is a great indication of how well our community supports the Farmers Market. I am looking forward to the growing awareness of the value in buying quality local products.”

Vendors lined the Whitley County Courthouse to sell a variety of locally-grown and homemade items. Special vendors and featured guests were part of opening day, including Whitley County’s Master Gardeners.

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