Farm Talk

April 9, 2013

Parsons farmers market moving downtown beginning April 23


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Parsons, Kansas — The Parsons Farmers Market will have a new home starting Tuesday, April 23. The Market, which has been at the Forest Park location for the past several years, will be moving back to Downtown Parsons at the request of the vendors. The Market’s new home will be located in the Public Parking Lot just south of the Municipal Building (near the utility payment drop box) at 1618 Broadway.

“We believe the location change will bring more people to the farmer’s market,” said Kari West, City of Parsons Public Information Officer and Farmers Market Coordinator. “By moving to the 1618 Broadway location downtown, the market is not so out of sight, out of mind. Being less than a block off of 16th Street, it should be easier for customers to find the market.”

The new location will not only be more visible in the heart of the community, but will add more accessible parking, more space for vendors to set up displays and create a walking destination downtown. The Parsons Farmers Market has been working with Downtown Parsons to develop special activities throughout the season.

The Parsons Farmers Market will hold a ribbon cutting celebration in early May in conjunction with the distribution of the USDA Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers through the Area Agency on Aging. According West, the Parsons Farmers Market will once again be a Labette County distribution site for the vouchers, which provide fruit and vegetable coupons for seniors who meet specific age and income requirements. More details on this program are  currently available.

The Parsons Farmer’s Market is anticipating an array of new vendors to join the market’s current participants. In the past, there has been a variety of produce, baked goods, hand crafted arts and crafts. This year the market will also have farm fresh eggs and locally grown and USDA inspected Dexter beef.

All vendors need to register with the City of Parsons and pick-up information packets. At the present time, vendors can take part in the bi-weekly market at no charge. The market hours are Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 to 10 a.m.

The Parsons Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday and Saturday from  April 23 through the month of October, depending on weather.

For more information about the market, call 620-421-7030 or send an e-mail to kwest@parsonsks.com. £