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McCreary County Farmers’ Market Opens May 6

The McCreary County Farmers’ Market will open this year with a celebration of Derby Day.  With the May 6 opening of the Market coinciding with the running of the Kentucky Derby, the Market plans an opening day filled with stick horse derby races for children and shoppers and vendors wearing their most festive derby hats.
McCreary County Farmers’ Market manager, Doris June Williams, is looking forward to an exciting season at the Market.  With approximately a dozen vendors already set to participate this season and more vendors expected to join, this year’s Market will offer shoppers a wide choice of locally grown or produced items including fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, crafts, homemade breads, jellies, jams, soup mixes, and more.
In addition to opening regularly on Saturdays throughout the growing season, the Market will open this season from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Jackson Park in Whitley City and on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the usual market location in Stearns.  Special events are planned for each month of the season.
Farmers, added value vendors, and crafters are encouraged to join the Farmers’ Market.  Fresh produce, crafts, and value added products such as jams, herbs, soup mixes, potted plants, and baked goods sold at the Market must be produced or grown in McCreary or adjacent counties.   Vendor applications are available at the McCreary County Judge’s office and at the County Extension Office.  Completed applications with vending fees may be returned to the mailing address printed on the application.  The regular vending fee for the entire 2017 season is $40.00 ($10.00 for an extra table) with a discounted fee for seniors (65 and over) and students (high school age and under) of $20.00.  There is a $5.00 fee for one day set up with those fees accumulating toward the whole season fee.    Each vendor who pays to set up for a whole season is provided access to one table and table cloth and receives produce baskets and a McCreary County Farmers’ Market t-shirt to keep.  Individuals may also purchase McCreary County Farmers’ Market t-shirts.
The Market will participate in the EBT and SNAP Double Dollar program and, beginning this year, the Senior Voucher Program.  Designed for seniors 60 years of age or older and based on income, the Senior Voucher Program allows those eligible to receive seven $4.00 vouchers (total of $28.00) to redeem at the Market for fresh produce.  Individuals interested in receiving vouchers may contact Coordinator Taylor Brandon of Lake Cumberland Community Action by calling 376-2593.  Farmers who want to accept Senior Vouchers should attend training at the County Extension Office on April 18 at 10:30 a.m.
In addition to accepting EBT and SNAP, the McCreary County Farmers’ Market accepts cash, debit, and credit cards.

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