Produce variety increases at local farmers' market

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Garden Sass Farmers' Market's produce variety increases each month. In May, vendors will offer strawberries, radishes, lettuce, beets, turnips, bokchoi and Swiss chard.

"The Garden Sass Farmers' Market Association and Brad Ruggles, in cooperation with Tractor Supply Company, will hold its first mega farmers' market this year," said John Potter, Garden Sass Farmers' Market president. "Look for our booths on the south side of the Tractor Supply Company parking lot.

"Our produce is all locally grown, tastes better than store bought and is usually even cheaper," added Potter.

Vendors will also begin selling cucumbers and raspberries at the local market this month.

"I personally have some green beans blooming so they won't be long," said Potter. "Sherry Tucker's hoop house is doing great, and she should have a few tomatoes before long. We also have plenty of homemade jams and sweetbreads."

Other vendors have offered crafts, flowers and tomato, squash, cucumber and zucchini plants.

"Remember to eat local and eat fresh," said Potter. "There are farmers' markets located across Barry County, and each one has a different feel to them. Visit them all at least once this summer, and meet the folks who grow your food.

"They will each have a story to tell, and they will gladly answer questions concerning your fresh produce," said Potter. "This helps local farmers and the local community."

The Garden Sass Farmers' Market is held at the pavilion on Mineral Springs Road in the Cassville City Park from 7 a.m. to noon each Tuesday and Friday. Vendors also offer items at the Tractor Supply Company parking lot on Old Exeter Road beginning at 7 a.m. each Saturday.

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