Fresh produce doesn't last long as Farmer's Market very popular in MW

Photo by Alex Wimsatt
The Farmer's Market was an immediate hit in downtown Mount Washington.

The Pioneer News
August 25, 2010
By ALEX WIMSATT, Staff Writer

MOUNT WASHINGTON - Corn and cucumbers and peppers, oh my!

Locals recently had the opportunity to purchase all this and more at the city's first ever farmer's market, sponsored by the Mount Washington Main Street Committee.

Over 250 people gathered for the inaugural event held on the parking lot between First Federal and Peoples Bank Mount Washington on Bardstown Road where vendors sold truck loads of fresh, local produce.

"We feel it was a huge success," said Main Street Committee chairwoman Ruth Chowning.

In the four hours the market was open the five vendors on hand nearly sold everything they brought with them.

Summer Marks, who used to set up at the stock yards farmer's market in Shepherdsville, said she didn't expect to sell much at the Mount Washington farmer's market when she set up a table with her home grown perennial flowers and vegetables that morning, but by the time the market closed at noon she had done well.

"I made $55 and for me that was good," Marks said. "I know the fellow next to me did very well. He had a truck full of vegetables and sold out in a couple of hours."

Marks said she had a great experience, adding that the Main Street and Bullitt County Extension Office volunteers on hand were very helpful.

The Pioneer Village resident said she enjoyed her experience and she planned on returning to Mount Washington for the next farmer's market on Aug. 14.

"I look forward to coming back," she said.

Kelly and Todd Smith were on the site at 7:30 a.m. with the bed of their red Chevrolet pickup truck stocked with bushels of corn they had picked from their back yard garden earlier that morning, along with home grown cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and peppers.

Todd Smith said he and his wife decided to take their produce to the farmer's market because they thought it would be a good way to unload some of the excess they had from their garden.

Within an hour they made almost $100 selling nearly everything they brought with them, with the exception of a couple ears of corn.

Patrons even offered to buy the flowers they had set up for decoration on their table.

"It was real exciting and fast paced. It really opened our eyes," Todd Smith said. "We're going to have bigger garden next year. I didn't know that was there much demand."

The Smiths have raised produce on a quarter acre plot behind their home for 25 years, and in that time Smith never considered the fact that he could make money off his garden.

"We didn't know what to expect when we went to the farmer's market. I told my wife nobody's going to buy this stuff," Smith said. "I was pleasantly surprised."

Smith said all he had to do to set up at the market and sell his produce was pay $15 for a farm to market license from the city, which he got at the market.

"It was really easy," he said. "Now we can sell for the rest of the year for that one fee."

Smith and his wife both plan to set up at the next farmer's market only this time they will be selling cucumbers and squash.

The couple's even planning as far ahead as to say they may sell pumpkins later this fall.

The next Mount Washington Main Street Farmer's Market will be held on Aug. 14 at the same location between First Federal and People's Bank Mt. Washington. Chowning said the committee expected more vendors to be on hand.

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