Vendor Angela Harris, Kooskia, sells handcrafted jewelry, mobiles and blackberries.
Contributed photo / Michelle Perdue
GRANGEVILLE Due to the late produce season, vendors and customers alike asked that the Grangeville Farmers’ Market be extended beyond the last scheduled day of Sept. 16.
Earlier this week, the Grangeville City Council gave their go ahead to hold two additional markets in Pioneer Park. The GFM will be open for business Saturday, Sept. 23 and 30, at the usual hours of 9 a.m to 1 p.m., at Pioneer Park on East Main Street.
“We’re excited about this and hope everyone will help spread the word,” said organizer Jamie Everson.
Market produce includes tomatoes, corn, watermelon, grapes, nectarines, peaches, apples, blackberries as well as huckleberry jam and elderberry syrup. Produce at the market comes from the Twin Bridges area, Culdesac, Southfork Clearwater Valley and around the Grangeville area. All produce qualifies for EBT (food stamp) purchases.
Winners from the Sept. 9 raffle drawing from completed surveys included Robin Strong of Joseph, Annmarie Schwartz of Ferdinand and Pat Taft of Grangeville. Each winner received a $5 market gift certificate.
This year’s market musicians included Gordon Talley, Rick Weholt, Ron Weisz, Syndicat Bros., Ryan Campbell and some traveling troubadour who just happened to stop by with his guitar. Musicians at the market play for tips and little gifts from the vendors.
The market thanks Joe Armstrong-Nelson of Chips and Sparks Creations, Kooskia, for making the “No dogs allowed in park” signs and to Grangeville Builders who supplied the materials.
Due to the hot summertime weather, the market will adapt hours and close one hour earlier on Saturdays, next year. The market will remain the same during the Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings in July, but the Saturday Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon in 2018.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the GFM, call Michelle Perdue at 208-983-3763 or visit the Grangeville Idaho Farmers’ Market Facebook page. Watch for the annual Meet, Greet and Eat event that will be held in the spring.