Jasper Farmers Market opens Saturday

JASPER — The Jasper Farmers Market will begin its 15th season from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 25, 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.

Fresh Bucks was introduced two years ago. These are $2 tokens that can be used for certain food purchases at the market with a goal of reducing food insecurity. The program still continues, where the local WIC office has access to tokens for WIC-enrolled households. WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Future donations and grants will sustain Fresh Bucks throughout the years. More details can be found online.

Gift Bucks are $1 tokens that can be used to purchase any item from a participating vendor. They can be bought as gifts or may be given by vendors to frequent shoppers.

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, paper crafts, jewelry, toys and more. A face painter also frequents the market.

The first Saturday of every month will continue to include a youth market where children age 12 and under can participate free of charge. 

Other youth and student organizations will have the opportunity to participate in the market by selling items they may not grow or bake personally, but are responsible for selling to fund raise.

New vendors are welcome to participate any Saturday.

For more information, go to http://jasperfarmersmarket.com/ or Facebook.

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