Farmers market ‘a community effort’

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Yoga instructor Erica Harney teaches a yoga-based BODYFLOW class at the Ferdinand Farmers Market at Soup-n-Such Bistro on Saturday.


FERDINAND — Plant, produce and craft vendors gathered on the lawn of Soup-N-Such Bistro in Ferdinand Saturday morning for the second Ferdinand Farmers Market of the season.

The market — held the second and fourth Saturday of each month now through October — kicked off its second year this month at its new location right on Main Street. Last year, the market was held on the hill between St. Benedict’s Brew Works and Monastery of Immaculate Conception’s gift shop. Ferdinand resident Kris Lasher, one of the market’s organizers, said the committee hoped that moving it to Soup-N-Such Bistro would make the market more visible and attract more patrons.

“We’re close enough to the road here, so people are like, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’” Lasher said.

Lasher, her husband, Rock Emmert, and Brooke Danhauer, Kristin Balbach and Soup-N-Such Bistro owners Tammy and Martin Bedolla organize the market.

It’s too early in the season to tell if the new location is attracting more patrons, but Emmert said they have had more interest from vendors this year. Last year, he said, there were more craft vendors than produce vendors. This year, though, more local gardeners seem to be getting involved.

Community members shop from vendors at the Ferdinand Farmers Market at Soup-n-Such Bistro on Saturday.

Lasher and Emmert ran a stand Saturday that included vegetables and fruits collected from several local gardens.

“It’s a community effort,” Emmert said.

Baked goods from Monastery Baked Goods, handmade wooden puzzles, flowers and honey were some of the other goods for sale Saturday. The Tri-County YMCA kicked off the day with a BODYFLOW class, and Scott Conner of Newburgh led a dulcimer-making class. Participants in Connor’s class made a functional one-string dulcimer from old guitar strings, a yard stick, toothpicks and a small postal box. Connor’s class was part of organizers’ effort to include an educational component in the market.

Live music is also performed during each market.

The committee is still looking for ways to grow the market, and anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Emmert at 812-631-2856.

The Ferdinand Farmers Market takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturday of each month through October.

Huntingburg and Jasper also have farmers markets. Huntingburg holds its market at Market Street Park from 7 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through October, and Jasper’s is at the Train Depot every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon through the beginning of October.

The Ferdinand Farmers Market is held from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

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