Farmers market opens Saturday

JASPER — The Jasper Farmers Market will begin its 16th season from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 23, on the green north of the Jasper Train Depot at Jackson Street and Third Avenue.

The market began its mission in 2005 with the purpose to provide a source of income to local producers, fresh and local produce to customers, and a gathering place to create and develop a greater sense of community. Sponsors for the market are the Greater Downtown Jasper Business Association, the City of Jasper and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

Four producers were signed up last year to accept coupons from the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. This is a program offered through WIC to reduce food insecurity and make available healthier food choices to participants. Fresh Bucks will continue to be accepted and are available through the local WIC office.

Producer-only vendors will offer strawberries, radishes, herbs, peas, rhubarb and other items available in early spring. Other food vendors will have eggs, beef, pork, chicken, jellies and pies for sale. They also offer pretzels, fresh breads, cinnamon rolls and muffins. Gluten-free items also may be available.

The Jasper Farmers Market also welcomes local artisans. Items may include clothes, soaps, lawn furniture, jewelry, toys and more.

New vendors are welcome to participate any Saturday.

This year includes a new hurdle as communities struggle to deal with COVID-19. The goal is for everyone to be safe. Vendors and participants will be following the guidelines of State Governor Eric Holcomb as well as the Dubois County Health Department.

In following those guidelines, a few temporary changes will take place. Food sampling is prohibited and events are postponed.

Vendors and customers are asked to think of others by being patient in lines, practicing safe distancing from others and wearing a mask as much as possible. Everyone is encouraged to sanitize their hands frequently.

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