Successful season opener

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Democrat Photo/Reed Fresh produce offered on downtown square Opening day of the new Cassville Farmers' Market drew 10 vendors and numerous community members to the downtown square on Saturday. Sherry Tucker, of Exeter, sold a variety of produce at her booth during the market event. Tucker was assisted by her sons, Noah and Nate.

On Saturday, the Garden Sass Farmers' Market Association kicked off its 2013 market season by offering fresh produce, crafts and baked goods at the Cassville Farmers' Market on the downtown square.

"Opening day has been excellent," said John Potter, Garden Sass Farmers' Market Association president. "All of the vendors have been good. Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley came down and talked to us and said he is happy to see us on the square."

Around 10 vendors took part in the season-opener event. Potter said one of the vendors sold out of items before 10 a.m. Space is available on the square for at least twice as many vendors in the future.

"We have been ecstatic with the reaction and the number of customers so far," said Potter.

Garden Sass Farmers' Market Association, which is the sponsor for the Cassville Farmers' Market, will offer pony rides for children at the next market event on Saturday, April 13. Live music and door prize drawings will be offered on Saturday, April 20 in honor of Earth Day.

The Cassville Farmers' Market will be open on the south side of the square from 7 to 11 a.m. each Saturday through Nov. 23, weather permitting. Although the Saturday farmers' market will not be offered during the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Dogwood Car, Truck and Motorcycle Festival on May 4, the market will be open during the chamber's Chili and Salsa Cook-Off on Oct. 26.

The Garden Sass Farmers' Market Association will also offer produce, baked goods and crafts on Mineral Springs Road in the Cassville City Park from 7 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday beginning in May.

The new Cassville Farmers' Market on the downtown square has been made possible through the Garden Sass Farmers' Market Association's partnership with the Cassville Main Street Association, the City of Cassville and the Barry County Commission.

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