The Doyle Valley Farmers Market is up and running for a 13th season, making it the longest running farm market in the area. This year the number of vendors has increased, and a wider variety of goods is available.
Patrons can expect to see jewelry, soap, scarves, plants, baked goods, homemade jams and jellies, Mexican specialties, greens, herbs, beets, radishes, onions, free-range eggs, Swiss chard, cabbage, and potatoes. As produce ripens, more varieties will be added each week.
The Peabody-Burns High School horticulture class also is participating, selling plants and produce from Warrior Soil greenhouse and the Peabody community garden. Market visitors can find out from the students about their garden projects and a new rainwater catchment system they have installed.
An added attraction for this weekend will be a face-paint artist from Hillsboro who will be on hand to paint faces for kids and grandkids.
“With the Fourth of July weekend on the horizon, we’d like to invite the community and their visitors to start the holiday with us,” market president Debbie McSweeney said.
On July 2, the market will be downtown as usual, but vendors will get in the spirit of the holiday with homemade ice cream served from 10 a.m. until it is gone. Donations will defray the cost.
At 11 a.m., the Aulne United Methodist Church Sojourners Sunday School class will serve a sloppy joe lunch to support its missions. Donations will be accepted.
New vendors are always welcome at the market. Doyle Valley vendors have been a steady part of the Peabody community since 1998.
“We do this every Saturday morning because we believe it is an important part of our community to have a farmer’s market,” McSweeney said. “We are seeing people come all the way from Wichita to experience our market. We hope the local community enjoys it as well.”
The market will be open in Santa Fe Park from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. For more information, call McSweeney at (620) 983-9234.