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March 23, 2013

Call-out for farmers market sees big yield

ANDERSON, Ind. — Earlier this month, the city planted the seeds for a summer farmers market.

Now those seeds are taking root.

Although there aren’t any vendors signed yet for the Anderson City Market, which will be on Saturdays beginning in June and possibly running through September at Athletic Park on East 8th Street, there were at least 30 interested vendors at an informational session Thursday night.

“It was an eclectic mix of people and products,” said Jody Townsend, who’s helping to manage the development of the market on the city’s end.

There were members of the arts-and-crafts set, including graphic artists and painters, woodworkers, quilters and crocheters. And there were food vendors such as bakers, a nut farmer, meat marketers, orchard owners, coffee and tea makers and kettle corn sellers.

There was also a woman who practices something called “fusion cooking,” where she uses hi-tech methods to make ice cream in her Fab Lab food truck.

“A lot of really interesting stuff,” Townsend said.

In addition to the people who came to the info session, Townsend said there were at least a dozen people who sent emails asking how to get involved. As a result, the city is “building a long list of people,” she said, and may have to set a cutoff for the number of vendors it can accept.

Applications for the market’s opening week are due June 1 and can be sent to AndersonCityMarket@gmail.com.

Townsend said the interest has been so great, the city is talking with Park Place Community Center about an indoor winter market. “This is going to be a big, big deal,” she said.

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