Local seeds will be available at the GFM seed exchange Jan. 20 at Grangeville Centennial Library.
As of Tuesday, January 9, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Are you an avid gardener? Or simply a beginner with plans to see if you can sow and grow the perfect tomato plant? Whatever your skill level, you’re invited to the area’s first “Seed Exchange.”
Grangeville Farmers’ Market (GFM) will offer a seed exchange Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Grangeville Centennial Library. Everyone is invited to bring their seeds in, or just stop in for networking and information.
“This will be a time to get together and share knowledge, exchange seeds, meet each other and ask questions,” explained GFM chair Lynette Mullis of Wall Creek.
GFM sells local produce, crafts and food and provides arts and music, as well as a children’s program, Grub Club, Saturdays at Pioneer Park in Grangeville. This runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and begins the first weekend in July and runs through September, rain or shine. A limited market is also open during July’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights. The market accepts the Idaho food card (EBT).
Mullis reiterated the farmers’ market is not just for those who have businesses, but also for the home grower and hobby farmer, as well.
“We would love to see more people who just enjoy growing vegetables and fruit in their home gardens and properties and who have extra to sell,” she said. This includes garden items but can also include eggs, apples, berries, nuts and much more, she said.
This May or June, Mullis hopes to offer a start sale where everyone can get together and share their plant starts.
“I often hear of people throwing away these starts or having too many,” she said. “This would be the perfect opportunity to sell these locally and could help the market as the season goes on.”
Mullis said she would like to see the market grow and evolve.
“We’re all excited about the coming year,” she said. She also hopes to get local students involved.
“We want the whole market to be a community effort, and high school students could even work with us as part of a senior project,” she said. “We would even like to set up some students who could pick fruit and other items during harvest to help people who may have items to sell but cannot pick themselves.”
The market plans to offer lunch items this year and will continue to provide entertainment and other special activities.
To learn more and keep up-to-date, like the Grangeville Idaho Farmers’ Market page on Facebook. Vendor applications are available here. Call Mullis at 208-926-0080.