FARMERS MARKET: Opening day for market grows near

COLUMBIA CITY — Vendors are gearing up for the Whitley County Farmers Market, which will launch its season Saturday at the Courthouse. To start off the series of weeks where fresh produce, plants and other home-grown and homemade items will be sold, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 8 a.m. at the gazebo. Among the vendors will be Whitko Middle School’s Clean World Association, an after-school club that grows flowers and plants. The group’s inventory will be displayed on the Courthouse lawn for purchase.To celebrate its 76th anniversary, the Salvation Army of Whitley County will be at the market giving out free doughnuts Saturday. “The history of the Salvation Army doughnut girls dates back to World War I when ladies volunteering for Salvation Army would go to the front lines and pass out doughnuts, coffee and prayers to soldiers,” said Pat Mossburg, ministries coordinator for the Salvation Army. “It has now turned into a time to thank people who volunteer for bell ringing and supporting Salvation Army all over the world.”The county’s Master Gardeners will also be on hand. Market Master Chris Lilly said he is pleased with the amount of booths planned for the summer. “We are just about full,” said Lilly. “At full capacity, we will have 57 booths. Some of the vendors are new this year and some are the ones we grow to expect to see each summer. “One particular business will not be at the market this year.To read the rest of this story, see the May 7 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.