The Fayette County Farmers’ Market is partnering with Fayette County Farm Bureau to provide family friendly events where participants can learn more about agriculture and experience buying local. The event started July 6 with a farm tour for children enrolled in the Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program. They were scheduled to visit Bill & Inez Walls’ sheep farm to observe the behavior of herding dogs and guardian dogs in sheep herd management and although four families showed up for the tour in the rain, the visit has been rescheduled for July 20. The Carnegie Library has also received 10 copies each of three different children’s books on aspects of farming and food production, from Ohio Farm Bureau and the Market. The Summer Reading Program children previously visited the Market on June 15th to taste locally grown snow peas and strawberries. The children’s program continues July 27 where participants will again experience Ohio’s seasonal produce bounty and taste locally grown watermelon and blackberries.
T-shirts bearing the Market’s logo and an agricultural message are available to the public for purchase. These shirts are priced at a special rate during the month of July for Farm Bureau members and also for those who visit one of our two Fayette County Nationwide agents (John Faris & John Wilber) during July to obtain an insurance quote. Proceeds from the T-shirt sales will provide funding for some of the children’s library books on agriculture and for the special BOGO “buy one, get one” pricing days of July 20th and July 27th. These special BOGO events are open to all Farm Bureau members and also to recipients of the WIC fruit & vegetable vouchers and those utilizing EBT SNAP food benefits. Up to $10 in matching Market coupons (each Saturday!) will be extended to those customers in these three categories.
The Market believes in showcasing the diversity of our local seasonal agricultural products and encourages everyone to stop by and visit us, and ask those questions that make us all better local produce consumers. For information, contact the Fayette County Farmers’ Market at 740-606-3467.