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Kenton farmers market to open

Kenton farmers market to open

A new farmers market is coming to downtown Kenton this summer.
“If you’re wondering whether high gasoline prices are going to determine how crisp and crunchy your vegetables and salads are this summer, then mark your calendar for Saturday, June 2,” Tim Brady said. That’s the day the new Kenton Farmers Market opens, from 8 a.m. until noon.
The market will operate every Saturday with those hours, through the summer.
A responsive city government and enthusiastic volunteers combined forces to do the research and planning to get the new open-air market up and going, according to Brady.
Kenton Mayor Virginia Davidson said she was very pleased with the Kenton Farmers Market, located in the downtown park just north of the Kenton Gym.
“Many people just don’t want to drive long distances in the heat, and with gas prices the way they are,” she said. “Our farmers market brings fresh fruits and vegetables right into our town.”
Kenton’s Parks and Recreation Commissioner Faye Sharp said the area set aside for the market has easy access with ample free parking.
“Our City Planning Committee took the idea and carefully weighed the pros and cons before voting to accept the project,” Mrs. Sharp said.
A vendor’s license, good for one year, is required to sell items at the farmers market. The license costs $5 and is available at Kenton City Hall.
Anyone with questions or who need more information about the vendor’s license can call Kenton City Hall at 749-5767. Kenton City Hall is open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays for those who need to buy a license that day.
Farmers and gardeners are invited to bring their fresh fruits, vegetables, cut flowers and plants to the Kenton Farmers Market, which will continue every Saturday throughout the summer, at least through Labor Day.
Brady has been designated the manager pro-tem. He has set up a Facebook page for weekly updates on which farmers plan on bringing their fruits and vegetables each Saturday throughout the summer.
The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/KentonFarmersMarket.
Brady can also be contacted by phone at 749-8567 or online at tbrady@writeuptheroad.com.
Mrs. Davidson can be contacted at City Hall or online at cityofkenton@ken-tennwireless.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.18.12

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