Local Crops Flourishing at Farmers Market

by WHIZ Reporter on August 1, 2012 at 6:27 am

Local produce is now dominant at the Zanesville Farmers Market.

Wednesday at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center, several vendors were on hand ready to sell their locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Farmers Market President Mark Barnhart said the lack of rain and excessive heat caused problems in the beginning resulting in many crops being brought in from out of town.

But now, Barnhart boasts that area farmers are seeing the fruits of their labor.

"Everything here is local today," said Barnhart.  "Watermelons are starting to come in, lima beans are starting to come in.  We’re seeing a few of the colored peppers that are down there."

Large peppers are among the best sellers of the week, but other items like sweet corn are not selling as well as in year’s past.

Barnhart said the corn is being sold at a higher price to try to offset irrigation costs and farmers are using other unconventional methods to yield more crops.

"People weeks ago would come say, "you can’t have tomatoes ready this early," but we do because we raise things in a high tunnel, we cover them, I mean, this is how we make our living, so we do things at the home garden that we wouldn’t normally do," said Barnhart.

Barnhart added that next week, the farmers market will be held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.