OSKALOOSA — People lined up early to buy fresh produce at the Oskaloosa Farmer’s Market Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday was the opening day of the Farmer’s Market.
“We had people standing in front of the booths about 15 minutes before the start,” Farmer’s Market Manager Sandi Fell said. “You couldn’t see the vendors. I blew a whistle to start it.”
Vendor Haleh Everett-Weaver, of New Sharon, had a couple tables of fresh vegetables, herbs and preserves for sale. She was busy from the start.
“I’m very thankful for that,” Everett-Weaver said.
Everett-Weaver said she had participated in the Farmer’s Market for about 10 years until 2011. Now, she is back to sell produce.
Amanda Greer, of Oskaloosa, and her 7-year-old daughter, Alyssa Johannes, donned aprons and were helping carry people’s produce bags.
“We’re not selling. We’re helping with the Helping Hands Program,” Greer said. “ I made the aprons. We will help carry produce to their cars.”
Greer said she will be selling produce in future Farmer’s Markets.
“I have a partner. We will do baked goods and some garden stuff,” she said.
The Blue Zones Project also had a booth at the Farmer’s Market.
“It’s a good turnout for the first one,” Blue Zones Engagement Lead Miranda Cummings said. “We’re excited to be part of the Farmer’s Market this year.”
The Blue Zones representatives gave draw-string bags to people who rode their bicycles to the Farmer’s Market so they could carry their produce home.
Cummings was pleased with the community involvement with the Farmer’s Market and Blue Zones.
“People are wearing their T-shirts and riding around,” she said.
The next Farmer’s Market will be held on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the MCG parking lot on South D Street.
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