RIO GRANDE — Raised Around Rio is entering its second year as the village farm, craft and artisan market of Rio Grande continuing every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. until Sept. 27.
According to Rio Grande Mayor Matt Easter, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College have agreed to allow visitors to park nearby. Currently, produce is not as available as other items, said Easter, but as vendors are able to harvest, produce will appear.
Bread is currently available along with jams and jellies and crafted items.
“It’s great to watch the community out here,” said Easter. “People aren’t just here to compete but they’re helping others set up their tents right next to each other. It brings a sense of us all together because it’s not just about food. We have folks who crochet items and other stuff. Honestly, you can find something for your mom here pretty easily (said Easter about upcoming Mother’s Day).”
According to market organizer Jennifer Littlejohn, the event will also host local music acts throughout the year. Crafter and artisan demonstration will be had to display how given vendors create their projects.
Littlejohn and Easter had spoken a few years back about getting a market together. Easter asked Littlejohn if she would eventually like to jump start the project. Raised Around Rio seeks to spotlight Rio Grande area residents, but market organizers in the past have said musical acts would could be potentially pulled from Gallia and Jackson.
“I sort of got volunteered the love and it’s been a good experience,” said Littlejohn. “The difference between a crafter and an artisan is that crafters often do their (projects) as a hobby. Artisans do it professionally.”
Littlejohn is a practiced creator of salves, soaps and lotions made from goat’s milk and locally grown herbs which become part of her mixture.
Littlejohn says the market has grown to roughly 20 vendors this year so far and is welcoming more. The Market held its first opening of the year last Wednesday. For more information or questions about how to join, look for the Raised Around Rio Facebook page.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.