The 2013 season opener of the Chillicothe Farmers Market is in the books with an asterisk that could be mistaken for a little snowflake. That's appropriate as the market's 27th season downtown on the courthouse square started at 8 a.m. with snow on the ground — a historical first.
"The Market has never been cancelled because of weather in 26 years and we certainly weren't going to let that change," said Market Master Beth Weidner.
With remnants of the Thursday-Friday snowstorm piled up along the curbs, eight producers were out in the damp and chilly conditions Saturday to offer a selection "Fresh from Your Neighbor."
Items included rhubarb, asparagus, baked goods, jams, eggs, frozen meats, soaps/cleaners and nursery and greenhouse plants. Also joining the market was the SALT Center with a BBQ smoked chicken fundraiser.
Customer traffic was steady with both regular shoppers and new faces purchasing from the selection offered.
Shoppers can look forward to a wider selection from more producers who join as the market season progresses, Weidner said. Several producers reported having vegetable seeds and plants in the ground growing nicely, in a little slow, given the weather.
Producers attending Saturday were Alumbaugh Meats, Trenton; Charlie & Sherry Cobb, Spickard; Tammy George, Chillicothe; Ethel Herring, Chillicothe; Donna Horton, Trenton; Brooks McCoubrie, Chillicothe; Tonja Tiemeyer, Meadville; Beth Weidner, Tina.
The market will continue Saturdays starting at 8 a.m. on the square through the last weekend in October… rain, snow or shine.