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Wooster Farmers' and Crafters' Market Board discusses season

Posted: July 21, 2014 - 11:36am
BJ FOX PHOTO   The Daniel Family Farm sold out of all their tomatoes and cucumbers but still had great offerings of home-canned jellies and craft items for sale at Saturday's Wooster Farmers' and Crafters' Market.
BJ FOX PHOTO The Daniel Family Farm sold out of all their tomatoes and cucumbers but still had great offerings of home-canned jellies and craft items for sale at Saturday's Wooster Farmers' and Crafters' Market.

An informal meeting of the Wooster Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market Board and all interested people took place under the canopy on the Wooster City Park grounds.

Although bemoaning the fact of too much rain this spring that has kept crops down and people away, the Market is still drawing fans to shop. The announcement that debit/credit cards, WIC authorization and SNAP-approved purchases can now be done, was met with enthusiasm.

The end of year celebration is scheduled for Oct. 25. Just as last year, the Market will feature a cooking class, free food, play for the children and special activities.

The Market decided to set aside three dates before the end of the season as dates they will call Recycled Treasures Sale Day: Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. On these dates, vendors may bring their used items that might normally be in a yard sale to the market to sell with the stipulation that they must also take away anything that does not sell or suffer a fine.

Wooster City Park has strict guidelines for clean-up and the Market has been welcome because they adhere to those. Neither pets nor alcohol are permitted.

Much discussion ensued on how to generate more traffic. Two major grants for $1,000 each came in, thanks to the continuing efforts of Emily Harris and the Roadrunners Club to support community outreach. Another is coming soon after a second report is given mid-year. Permanent outside signs on the four-way corner, as well as at Parkway Drive, directing people to market will help draw attention to the location. T-shirts, permanent shopping bags and aprons with the Market’s logo, yard signs, business cards and portable wind signs were all suggestions to heighten awareness of the Market in Wooster.

Social media including Facebook postings happen with regularity. Go to “Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market at Wooster” to keep in touch with happenings on a weekly basis.

Country radio station Y107 will soon be joining the fan base with announcements. Once school begins, there are a few groups from Wooster Elementary School and Greenbrier High School FFA programs who have expressed interest in being involved. More ideas are in the works for a Kids’ Corner.

Wooster Market happens every Saturday at Wooster City Park, nestled among shade trees in cool green grass. Vendor set-up is at 7 a.m. Sales take place from 8 a.m. to noon. Come early for the best selection of fresh summer produce, handmade delights and homemade baked goods.

Start your weekend off on a healthy note. Do a quick circle or two on the smooth, paved walking track and let the kids romp and play on the playground while you shop. Call 501-581-7371 or email WoosterMarket@gmail.com for more information. Wooster City Park is at the corner of Shaw Bridge Road and Parkway Drive, just five miles west of Greenbrier.

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