GALLIPOLIS — The 2014 season of the Gallia County Farmer’s Market will kick off Thursday and, according to market manager Christina White, the market is now approved to accept not only credit/debit cards, but also the Ohio Direction Card/EBT for those indiviudals who are receiving food assistance benefits.
“We are really excited about this addition to our market, but we are most excited for the residents of Gallia County to be able to purchase fresh local food,” White said. “This will be a great asset for the cardholders to purchase fresh food and they will also be doing their part in supporting their community.”
The first farmers’ market opened in Gallia County in June 2010 on the State Street side of Gallipolis City Park, and since that time, the market has continued to thrive. This year, as in 2013, the market will again be open at its new location on Thursday afternoons from 3-7 p.m beside the Medical Shoppe on Jackson Pike. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, the market will be open at its traditional location downtown on the State Street side of Gallipolis City Park.
White further reported that the market is always seeking new vendors to populate its market to not only sell vegetables, but also a wide variety of agricultural-based items.
The cost for a yearly pass at the market that runs from May 8-Oct. 25 is $50, while a daily pass is only $10, according to White.
White further reported that the market follows the cottage food laws with baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, cheese, fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and vegetable plants.
Anyone who may be interested in selling their goods at this year’s market is encouraged to call White at (740) 612-2835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
White further encouraged anyone in Gallia County, or the surrounding areas, who has not yet visited the market to attend this year for the best, locally grown produce and homemade goods.
“People who have not yet visited the market don’t know what they are missing,” White said. “We offer local grass-fed beef, locally made cheese, home baked goods and a wide variety of vegetables and fruit. Produce is at its best, most abundant and cheapest when you buy direct from a farmers’ market. We also often have free samples at Saturday markets.”
Those who have visited the market in the past, should continue to support this venture, according to White, as it supports local farmers and food growers.
“If you stopped spending money at the grocery store next week, they would never even notice you were gone,” White said. “If you took a small fraction of that money and spent it at the farmers’ market, you would help a local farmer pay rent. You might even save his farm.”
For more information on the Gallia County Farmer’s Market, including pictures and prices of items, visit them on Facebook.