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County Farm Bureaus help launch farmers markets
Buckeye Farm News
The goal of a partnership between farmers and consumers became a reality for the Hocking County Farm Bureau.
During its program planning meeting last fall, the county Farm Bureau’s Communication Action Team established a subcommittee for the purpose of creating a farmers market in the county. “It was the committee’s desire to have a farmers market in Hocking County because the existing farmers market had been tried and experimented with, but it wasn’t as successful as the community wanted it to be,” said John Torres, OFBF organization director for Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties. “So they thought as Farm Bureau, being an organized entity in the county, they could find a way to bring all the parts together who would like to have a farmers market and make it a lot more successful than what it had been.”
Betty Shaw, a board of trustee member for Hocking County Farm Bureau, serves as the chairperson of the committee. During several meetings held over the winter, a call went out to get a market started in the community and was received with great interest. On the first Saturday in May, the Hocking Hills Farmers Market opened for business. The market is located at the Logan-Hocking Community Activity Center in Logan and will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of October.
Hocking County isn’t the only county in southern Ohio with a new farmers market. Residents and visitors to Gallia County may also shop for locally grown produce at the Gallia County Farmers Market. Not having a market in the county was a concern for many residents including some Farm Bureau members in attendance at the 2009 Gallia County Farm Bureau Policy Development information gathering meeting. The Gallia county commissioners were among the attendees and heard from some area farmers who expressed a need for a farmers market in the county. The Gallia County Farmers Market will begin June 19 at the Gallipolis City Park and will be open on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.