The 13th season of the State Center Farmers Market will soon be open for business. Market master, Betsy Edler, will blow her whistle on West Main Street to signal its opening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. May 24 and it will run through Oct. 11, the Watson Fall Festival. The weekly event will be held each Friday evening on the south side of West Main Street in the downtown area. The market area will be decked out with colorful farmers market banners, along with the familiar wooden picnic tables and red market umbrellas. A new twist to this summer's farmers market will be "Final Friday Drawings" for baskets of free produce and products from participating vendors. Shoppers will be able to pick up a ticket from Edler each Friday evening to enter their name in a drawing to be held the last Friday of each month. Other fun events in the planning include a pie eating and a tomato eating contest. The Ira D. Kauffman Charitable Trust $1,500 grant helps fund entertainment for the weekly farmers market events this season. This season's entertainment will include local musicians such as David Gray and his group, Robert Blair singing with his guitar, Rod Biensen playing the piano and Dick Ferneau playing the organ.
The farmers market also features free children's activities; a different activity is provided each Friday night by service clubs, businesses, the Gutekunst Public Library or by local volunteers. Some of the activities booked for this season include the ever-popular Bounce House, face painting, hayrides, a corn pool and a petting zoo. A food vendor will be featured each Friday evening for those wishing to dine outdoors in the downtown area. Besides the usual favorites such as the folks from First Presbyterian Church, new food vendors, such as Smoking G's Bar-B-Q, will also be on site. The Centre Station Depot Committee will be hosting a special Depot Dog and Corn on the Cob Night on July 26. On Aug. 9, State Center area businesses and the SCDA will be hosting their annual Franks From Us customer appreciation event as part of the weekly Farmers Market.
If you would like to become a vendor, or if you would like to provide entertainment at the market, please call market master, Betsy Edler, at 641-483-2709, or the SCDA office at 641-483-3002. You can also visit the new State Center Farmers Market Facebook page.