A Sure Sign of Spring

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

The weather may have felt more like winter on Saturday but that didn't stop one Valley community from bundling up to welcome springtime.

What are some signs of spring? Fresh flowers, fresh produce, and of course, a farmers' market.

And Saturday's weather didn't wash out opening day for Staunton's Farmers' Market.

"Farmers can control a lot of things but the farmer cannot control the weather," said Jeff Ishee, who is on the Staunton Farmers' Market Committee.

But people still showed for everything from eggs, flowers, bread and even bratwurst.

"I really like meeting people who grow my food," said customer Sheri Salatin. "It's very important to me to know the people behind my food and what they stand for."

"People come down here not only to buy fresh produce and supplies but also to visit their friends," said Susan Randall, a farmer.

Saturday marks opening day for the Farmers' Market- but certainly not the first day of work for local farmers.

For the day, they were at the Staunton wharf around six in the morning to open shop at seven.

But it's worth it.

"On the average the American farmer gets only 20 cents of the consumer dollar," Ishee explained. "But, at this farmers' market and other farmers' markets in the area, he gets 100% of the dollar and that's very important."

And he says the weekly event isn't only a plus for the farmers.

"They bring in customers who not only visit the market but they'll buy coffee, they'll go buy other items from local items. So it bring people downtown," Ishee said.

You can visit the market every Saturday at the wharf in downtown Staunton.

Or visit the Verona Farmers' Market on Wednesdays starting April 6.

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