Farmer’s market vendors have familiar faces | Local

On Monday afternoon, the clouds provided a buffer against the sun which was pouring heat into southeast Iowa.

The coverage cooled things down slightly for vendors and shoppers at the Central Park Farmer’s Market.

A dozen stands have been set up on the east side of the square. Vendors sold fruits, vegetables and herbs as well as flowers and succulents. Handmade creations have attracted buyers, as have homemade soaps, candles, lotions, jellies and even wines.

Baked goods made by Amish vendors were a hit, selling everything from breads and pies to cookies and other treats.

This was Lyndsey Paden’s first time selling her 319 Sweets products at the Fort Madison Farmers Market.

Paden is originally from Argyle and works in Fort Madison selling baked goods including cakes and cookies.

“I have a decent clientele here too, so I’m hoping to kind of expand into Lee County.”

Kay Diton with Wooden Wheel Vinyards has been coming to the Fort Madison market for three years now. Sayon herself is from Fort Madison and the vineyard is in Keota.

“It’s a nice little farmers market. It’s near my house,” she said. “It’s good at home.”

The market is also a social time for Diton, she said, greeting familiar faces.

“That’s why I’m doing this,” she said, “because I see all the people I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Jan Arteaga has been bringing her Pleasant View Farm products from Roseville, Illinois to the Fort Madison market for four years now. Arteaga is a beekeeper and manufactures all of her products herself.

“I really like the vibe here, I really like the management of the market,” she said, “and the customers are all just wonderful.”

James V. Payne