Mother nature made it a slow start to the season for many area farmers, but the Zanesville Farmer's Market is now finally getting into full swing.
Hundreds of people made their way out to the Muskingum County Fairgrounds this morning to shop for locally grown plants and produce. While some produce like strawberries and lettuce aren't quite ready yet, market manager Betty Tolliver expects more vendors to be carrying them in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, she said the farmer's market still has plenty to offer.
"We have a lot of arts and crafts," Tolliver said. "We have a lot of baked goods this year. Those are always our big things. Pearl Valley Cheese is always very, very popular. And, of course, we carry, throughout the season, we will have a total of four butcher shops in here."
Mark Barnhart has been a vendor at the farmer's market for the past 32 years and said shopping there not only boosts the local economy, but it also provides customers with a fresher product.
"In the flower and vegetable season, it's just that you're buying local, but in produce, you're getting things that are 2,400 miles closer," Barnhart said.
If you would like to check out the Zanesville Farmer's Market, it runs from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds and features anywhere from 65 to over 100 vendors each week.