Live Music, Cook-Off, 5-K to ring in the Farmers Market

Staff Report

WILLIAMSON – The opening day of the Williamson Farmers Market is now just two weeks ago, and market staff are gearing up for an exciting event.

“We are anxiously awaiting the opening of the farmers market,” said Market Manager Paula reed. “Our vendors have been working hard to get their products ready, and we have been working to get together a packed event schedule for the year.”

On May 7th, opening day, the market plans to host several activities in addition to marketing fresh and local products.

Reed said that starting at 10am, musician Glen Simpson will be performing live music, and at 11am, a healthy cook off featuring local chefs that will be handing out free samples. The market launch also lands on derby weekend.

“In the spirit of Derby Day, customers that wear a derby hat will be entered into a drawing to win a prize!”

Also on May 7th, there will be a 5K taking place downtown at the same time the market is open.

“The Peace, Love, & Relay 5K/1 Mile Walk will start at 9am in downtown Williamson,” said Batausa. “To register stop by the coal house or visit”

Paula Reed said that they really wanted to offer a number of different activities opening day to encourage people of all ages to come out to the market.

The market will have early season vegetables such as greens, including lettuce, kale and mustard, as well as onions, baked goods and fresh farm eggs for $3.00 a dozen. There will also be fresh honey for sale, and a vendor that will be selling BBQ.

Chatteroy Tomato Company’s Lonnie Bowen will have a variety of plants for sale for customers to buy to start in their home gardens.

“I will have sweet and hot peppers, heirloom tomatoes and eggplant,” Bowen said.

Bowen started all of his plants from seed at his home greenhouse.

Abram Sturgill, a young entrepreneur who sold at the market last year, will have a number of products available including baby piglets, and homemade with varieties including goat milk, honey and shea butter. He will also have Heirloom tomato plants, cucumbers, watermelon sugar baby, honey dew, zucchini.

Farmer Doug Dudley will have fresh garden produce, fresh eggs and some canned goods for sale as well.

“We are really looking forward to another great year at the market,” said Dudley.
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