Growers come to market after harsh winter

BUCKHANNON – Local farmers regularly share their produce through the growing season in Upshur County, but that tradition was slowed this year because of the long winter.

The Upshur County Farmer’s Market is in full swing now, however. Area farmers can sell their grown goods from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until Halloween at Jawbone Park in Buckhannon.

Coordinator Louise Garrison said, although some farmers have set up at the market with their produce since the beginning of June, more will take part as the season continues.

“We don’t have a lot of farmers out yet because of the late bad winter,” Garrison said.

A local farmer at the market Friday said he likes homegrown produce as opposed to store-bought produce, not only because it’s often healthier, but also because of the taste.

“It’s fresh out of the garden and right straight to the table,” Joe Garrison said. “We enjoy gardening.”

Another farmer, who is an Upshur County native, said he travels back from Virginia every summer to participate in the market.

“I come up here in the early spring and plant my beets and my sugar snap peas,” Richard Davis of Virginia Beach, Va., said Friday. “I just stay here all summer.”

The farmers sold lettuce, red-skinned potatoes, beets, peas, assorted jellies and jams and even pepperoni rolls. The list of produce and products available is only expected to expand as crops continue to grow and more farmers set up at the market every week, officials said.