by Carol Dunn
GARDNER- Organizers have announced that Gardner’s first weekly farmer and craft market will be held Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the covered pavilion east of the Methodist Church. The market will be held every Saturday through October 29. At the markets, you’ll find fresh local vegetables, homemade baked goods, free-range eggs, vegetable starts, local crafts, a place to meet friends and more. Gardner area resident Mark Schneider told the World Journal, “There has been decent moisture this winter and spring and I think it will be a good year for gardens.”
Vegetables available starting in May/June: Spinach, lettuce mix (spicy and regular), radishes, arugula, nache, tatsoi (an Asian green), cilantro, carrots, beets, kale, collards, chard and parsley.
Available in July/August will be: Plum, cherry and heirloom tomatoes, jalapenos, chiles, green peppers, Asian eggplant, onions, cucumbers, yellow and green summer squash, green beans, tomatillos and broccoli.
Ending the harvest season in September/October will be: Acorn, butternut, spaghetti and delicata squash, pie pumpkins and Jack O’Lantern pumpkins.
Anyone wishing to sell locally grown or homemade items should contact Mark or Val for an application at (719) 695-4114 or email them at email@example.com. The organizers of the market also invite local community organizations to share information or do fundraising, local musicians to play live music during the markets, and they encourage others to get involved to help to manage the market.