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It’s easy getting to “know your farmer” while shopping at the McCreary County Farmers Market, now open through early fall on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (or until sold out). Along with fresh country eggs, local crafts, and other wares, shoppers can buy plenty of locally grown produce and USDA certified pork, chicken, and possibly beef while enjoying friendly conversation with local farmers, crafters, and other shoppers.
All produce and meat sold at the Market is grown and harvested in McCreary or an adjacent county. The variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs offered at the Market typically increases as the local growing season transitions into summer. In addition to fresh produce, herbs, meat, eggs, and plants, shoppers can find locally produced crafts, soaps, bath salts, bath bombs, candles, jellies, jams, and baked goods.
Farmers, added value vendors, and crafters are encouraged to join the McCreary County Farmer’s Market. Vendor applications are available at Kristina’s Kitchen and the County Extension Office. The regular vending fee for an entire season is $40.00 with a discounted fee of $20.00 for senior citizens (65 and older) and students (high school age and under.) There is a fee ($5) for one day set up with daily fees accumulating toward a full season fee. Each vendor who pays to set up for the season has access to one table and table cloth. Scales are available for weighting produce.
The Market participates in the Senior Voucher and Double Dollar programs. For the first time, the McCreary Farmers Market is also participating in Farmers Market WIC, available to eligible individuals through the Health Department for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. Vendors at the Market accept cash (small bills appreciated), and some vendors process debit/credit cards. Two local vendors accept SNAP.
Shoppers are advised to arrive early to get the best selection of fresh vegetables, meats, baked goods, and other wares. The Market is located adjacent to the McCreary County Soil Conservation Office on Cabin Creek Road in Stearns.