Farmers market meeting Tuesday

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


While the weather still is cold it still is officially spring and with the annual spring event of the opening of the Washington Farmers Market coming up next month, a meeting on the events this year will be held at the Washington Public Library.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host the informational meeting regarding events coming up for the market in the Nicola Stoufer Room. Attendees will learn about the Market and changes coming in the new season. The event is open to the public.

?They want people to know about it because there are so many changes happening at farmers market this year,? Washington library director Debbie Stanton said. ?It will be a similar presentation like they gave to city council before last summer.?

Last year, the Washington City Council approved a resolution supporting the partnership of the market and Main Street Washington and the formation of the Farmers Market Committee and Advisory Board to govern the market. Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said the partnership would continue this year. She and board chair Ann Williams will speak at the informational meeting.

?We reviewed the agreement this year and are continuing our partnership,? Grunewaldt said. ?In fact, we added a farmers market tab to our website so there is a web presence for the market now.?

She said there will be few changes from last year at the market this year, although several new things had been introduced during the 2017 markets that will continue. She said the market is already well run and the purpose of the board was to enlist more help for Market Master Bob Shepherd.

Grunewaldt also said that the advisory board will hold a meeting for vendors in May to determine what will be needed during the coming season.

The market began in May 1988 and has been part of the community since then. Founding member Shepherd has worked to help start other markets in the area. The farmers market will open at 5 p.m. sharp on May 17 this year and run on Thursday afternoons through Oct. 11. Special events this year include: the 19th annual taster?s choice salsa contest on Aug. 30 and the BBQ and smoker challenge on July 12.