Farmers Market Planning To Open Memorial Day Weekend

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Now is the time to get your seedlings in the ground if you want to sell at the Farmers Market this summer.

“The Payson Farmers Market opens Memorial Day Weekend and we want you and your produce,” said organizer Lorian Roethlein. “No matter the size of your garden, there is an easy way for you to get your goods to the market, make some cash and have fun doing it.”

At the community co-op table, anyone can bring homegrown fruits and vegetables to sell. There is a charge to sell at the community table, but organizers provide shade and a table.

“Join others who’ve already learned how easy and fun it is to sell produce to 800 to 1,000 customers who visit the market Saturday mornings,” Roethlein said.

Last year, two stalls were provided for backyard growers and the response was great. Buyers get a great deal on local produce and growers have a way to sell off their excess.

“It’s the perfect time of year to be in the garden planning and preparing soil, maybe even planting some early crops,” Roethlein said. “However you participate, we look forward to seeing you this year at the Payson Farmers Market.”

For new planters, Roethlein suggests they attend Plant Fair Nursery’s free class on square foot gardening at 10 a.m. April 9.

Besides the co-op table, the Payson Farmers Market offers goods from a wide range of vendors including an organic skin care line, relishes, organic dry pastas, breads, handmade butter, tamales, dog treats and coffees.

Now in its third year, the market has grown from a dozen vendors to 33.

“We have one of each thing to offer,” she said.

The market also includes two art booths for local artists to sell their creations and normally a musician, who plays throughout the day. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon starting May 28 in the Sawmill Crossing parking lot. The market should run through the end of September.

Lorian started the market with her husband John Roethlein after both found themselves out of work several years ago.

“We are self employed up here,” she said. “When the recession hit, we set up the market, thinking we would only be out of work for five to six months. The recession lasted way longer than three to five months.”

Although they eventually found work, the Roethleins decided to continue hosting the event after the community embraced it.

“This is an opportunity for us to give back to the community,” she said. “We wanted to start something positive.”

For more information, visit www.paysonfarmersmarket.info.

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