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Farmer's Market opens for season

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 fresh stuff.