Farmers' market coming to Porterdale

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

PORTERDALE -- The city of Porterdale will soon have its very own farmers' market.

The Porterdale Farmers' Market is scheduled to open Saturday, March 26, at the Train Depot and will feature locally grown food, according to Helen Weitkamp, a member of AgriCulture, the nonprofit group that is hosting the market. AgriCulture is also responsible for the community garden next to City Hall and the Porterdale Art Guild.

"It's a preseason market. There will not be much available at first. We're getting our feet wet," in the weeks leading up to the April 16 grand opening, Weitkamp said.

The market will take place each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Eight local farmers have signed up to participate so far, Weitkamp said.

"The emphasis is on locally grown produce, but we'll also have value-added goods like jams and jellies, some baked goods and eggs," she said. Some arts and crafts may also be offered, along with entertainment and booths with information about the community.

"First and foremost, it's a really great opportunity for farmers to be able to have an outlet for their products. Second, it's a great opportunity for people in the community to be able to connect with farmers and talk about how their food is grown and get an understanding of where their food comes from," Weitkamp said. "Also, I think it's a great opportunity for everybody to be in one place at the same time. There's not a lot of interaction between people in the grocery store, but there is more interaction in a setting like a farmers' market. It's a really great social outlet."

For more information, visit www.porterdalefarmersmarket.com.