The Farmer's Market opened for the season Saturday morning, the traffic more brisk than expected for opening day.
“It was the first day and the first day is
always light but it was better than any first day we’ve had so we’re really
pleased about it,” said Connie Tjarks of the DeKalb County Farmer’s Market
located by the county complex in Smithville.
While the fruits and vegetables aren’t
quite in season, Tjarks pointed out there are still several things to choose
from in the opening weeks of the market. She carries plants and blueberries,
the latter of which she sold out of on opening day.
“We have all kinds of baked good and we
have a wonderful knife guy who is really talented,” she said of Roger Chapman’s
custom knives. “I had some fresh eggs. If you’re looking for some good country
eggs then we’ve got plenty of those.”
Tjarks said the number of vendors and
array of offerings will only grow as the spring continues. She encourages the
public to come out any Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon to see what and who is at
the farmer’s market.
“The fruits and vegetables will be coming
in,” she said. “Hopefully we will have some tomato plant next week and then the
greens will come in so you can start making those spring salads with some real