Farmers Market Makes A Move For Larger Crowds

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Anita Colley of Warsaw, buys her vegetables and fruits at the Warsaw Farmer’s Market every Saturday during its May to October season. Colley has been a happy customer for years. She is accompanied by many other people who also enjoy the produce plus baked goods, plants, hand-made rugs, skin products, duck eggs, home-made salsa, beef, pork and more.
The Market has moved from the front of the Orscheln parking lot at 1551 Commercial Street to a larger spot to the left of the building, across the street from J&D Pharmacy. The space has been reconfigured to meet the demands of an expanded number of vendors and to allow more parking. Its hours are 8 AM to 12 PM on Saturdays.
“We have 11 vendors who by and large are in attendance every week,” said Amie Breshears, the new Market Manager. “We have a couple of new vendors and another in the works. Applications to become vendors are available by leaving a message at WarsawMoFarmersMarket, on Facebook. The cost of a booth for the season is $50.”
Out-of-town trips and other occurrences reduced the number of vendors at the Farmer’s Market  on June 23, but the customer turnout was great. 
The Downing Family Farms booth was back, offering produce for its fifth year. It was the first week that their garden tomatoes were available. 
Carolyn’s Greenhouse, based on C Hwy, was back for its second year offering produce as well as home-made breads and pastries.
Bentonshire Farms returned for its second year at the Farmer’s Market selling duck eggs as well as body butters, body scrubs, lotions, soaps and many other skin products with aromas such as Apple Spice, Peonies and Watermelon. The Farm is based near Cross Timbers, on the Benton and Hickory county line. The lady of the house makes all of the skin care products.
The “Rug Lady” returned to the Market for her fourth summer with her beautiful, handmade rugs ranging from 37 X 21 inches to about 58 X 35 inches, and priced from $28 to $62. The rugs are made from durable fabrics in braids, and crochets. A new line of oval, wool rugs were also available, and Nancy Sander (rug lady) said that she also sells organic vegetables from her garden.
“One type of unique rug is made from yarn scrapbuster,” said Sander. “And I try out rugs at home, including washing and drying them before selling a new product.  I have some rugs that I made in my house that are over 20 years old.”
Red Rooster Farms is in its sixth or seventh year at the Market, selling plants. Scott Mills and his wife, Dusty, own the Farm that is based in Fristoe. 
Warsaw Farmer’s Market has been selling wares since 2008. Rob Gemes is Chairman of the Board for the not-for-profit organization. He began as a vendor, and previously served as Market Manager.
The Warsaw Farmer’s Market organization is thankful to Orschelns for letting its vendors set up on its property.