Saturday Farmers Market Winding Down

by Kim Tewalt on October 21, 2012 at 6:12 am

Next Saturday is your last chance to stop by the Muskingum County Fairgrounds for the farmers market.

It’s been a rough road for farmers this year. Many saw negative effects of the summer drought, but there’s still produce to choose from. Pumpkins, apples, and squashes are just some of the items you can expect to see as the market wraps up its 2012 season. The lack of rain isn’t the only things that’s been hard on crops though. According to farmer Mark Barnhart, the last two years have proven to be difficult.

"The market’s down about 15-20% this year. It was down 20% last year, so I’m hoping the economy picks back up and the market picks back up with it." said Barnhart.

Barnhart hopes to see a large crowd next week, since it will be the last chance to buy local produce from the Saturday market.

"Our cauliflower heads are huge, and a much better price than what you could get at the store." said Barnhart. "There’s cabbage heads over their like that, and it was picked yesterday. not picked in California, took it three days to get here, a day or two to get to the store, then to sit on the shelf for four days."

The farmers market will pick back up in 2013 on the first Saturday in May and run until the last Saturday in October.