Residents had the opportunity Saturday to buy fresh produce and shop as the Hardin County Farmers Market kicked off its winter series at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service office.
The Farmers Market usually runs from April to October with special holiday markets in November and December. This year, the organizers have decided to also offer the market experience during the months of January, February and March.
“We really wanted to be able to bring people together and that exceeded my expectations. It’s just great to see the community come out for this,” said Sara Goodin of Goodin’s Gardin, who was part of the planning committee. “I love that.”
Each month, an indoor market is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service office, 111 Opportunity Way in Elizabethtown.
The goal of the Winter Series is to connect the community with local products and goods, local businesses and community resources.
Saturday’s event, Happier and Healthier You, focused on health and wellness. Organizers reached out to local nutritionists, personal trainers and other community health and wellness experts, inviting them to set up shop.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Olivia Kohler of Raja Wellness. “I’ve never seen anything like it here, especially inside.”
Kohler said it gives residents the opportunity to buy fresh produce and see new and existing businesses they may not have heard of before.
Elizabeth Akers and her daughter, Katy Akers, go to the farmer’s market frequently. Katy said she was excited when they found out they would be offering a winter series.
“We love it,” Elizabeth said.
The second event in the series, Fall in Love with Local Food, is scheduled for February 12. Organizers have reached out to businesses and community partners with a focus on local foods and also hope to demonstrate meal preparation.
The final event in the series, scheduled for March 19, is Home Gardening in Hardin County, which includes businesses and community partners focused on home gardening, such as local florists, landscape companies, nurseries, garden centers and Moreover.
The series is free to the public. The only people who pay fees are people who actually sell goods. Service providers who simply promote their business or talk about what they do don’t pay.
For more information, those interested can contact Jessica Hodges at 270-763-3550 or Susan Bell at [email protected]
Updates on the series and vendors will be available on the Hardin County Farmers’ Market Facebook page.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or [email protected]