Changes in store for local Farmers’ Market

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The local farmers’ market is making some major changes for the 2018 season.
The Lewis County Farmers Market, formerly The Riverfront Farmers Market, has a new home, a new business model, and vendors who are committed to making the upcoming season a success.
This year’s Market will open on May 12 and run through Oct. 27. The Market is located on the St. Patrick’s Catholic church parking lot and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., each Saturday.
The market was located on Weston’s municipal parking lot during the 2017 season, and was overseen by the city of Weston.  
Angie Brake, the newly-
elected president of the board for the 2018-19 season, said that while the market was grateful for the help and assistance of the city, active vendors wanted to take the market in a different direction.  
“With the help and support of Phil Pham of WV Legal Aid, Bruce Loyd with WVU Extension, and Father DeViese of St. Patrick’s Catholic church, the Lewis County Farmers Market has a new location and is registered as a non-profit with the State of West Virginia,” she said.
“This allows us to fundraise to make the market one of the go-to places on the weekend, while also raising funds to purchase property in the future to house a year-round market that will serve Weston proper, as well as Lewis and surrounding counties.”
The Market Master for the 2018-19 season, Michelle Carpenter, said most of the vendors from last year’s Market will return this year, as well.  
“We welcome back producers such as Rt. 18 Farm Market out of Troy, and Chenoweth Farms from Rock Cave, and we are excited to welcome Montgomery Farms from Lewis County and Wild Air Stuff from Taylor County,” Carpenter said.
Other vendors include Grandma’s Temptations and Heritage Catering & Crafts, who provide baked goods, honey and honey products by Honey B. Haven of Lewis County, as well as Barb Volk, an Herbalist from Gilmer County.  
“One of our most popular vendors, Lanagan’s Lodge, will return in the late summer with apples,” Carpenter continued. “We’ve also scheduled open markets and evening markets.  open markets are Saturday markets set aside for crafters and food vendors to come in. Civic organizations, such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts will be able to hold fundraisers, as well.”
One of the highlights of the season is the Annual Spring Fundraising dinner, by award-winning chef Geoff Kraus, to be held at 2 p.m., April 22, at Thyme Bistro.
Market officials said they are pleased that Chef Kraus is willing to donate his time and space to help support the market.
The menu speaks to his talents and will incorporate as much local produce and meats, as possible.  Tickets are $35 each, with proceeds benefitting the Lewis County Farmers Market.
For the price of a ticket, you get to come together with friends on a Sunday afternoon, get to know your market vendors, and support an area business.
Many people advocate for buying local, and this is a way for citizens from Weston and surrounding communities to do just that.
For more information on the Lewis County Farmers Market or to purchase tickets for dinner at Thyme Bistro, call Angie Brake at 304-462-5453 or Michelle Carpenter at 304-997-5966 (Visa and MasterCard accepted).  
Inquiries may also be made by e-mailing thelewisco
farmersmarket@gmail.com or sending a message through
Facebook via their page “The Lewis Co. Farmers Market.”

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