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Putnam Farmers market open more days this year

The Putnam County Farmers’ Market, now in its fifth year, is adding days this summer.

President Chrissy Foster said the market, located at the Hurricane City Park entrance, will now be open 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays from June through mid-September. As in past years, the market will also operate 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

May 3 is the first day, but the market will only open on Saturdays for the first month. Foster said she has about 15 vendors lined up so far, but that number will grow, especially in July when beans, corn and tomatoes go to sale.

All food sold at the market must be grown within 50 miles of the old Putnam County courthouse in Winfield. Vendors sell other products in addition to vegetables, including honey, eggs, beef, chicken and pork.

The market’s first event this year is Kids Day, June 14. There will also be a celebration of berries in June, and July will feature a Sweet Corn Day with contests and games.

“Longest ear of corn, shortest ear of corn, maybe a corn recipe,” Foster explained.

The market will host its first Country Roads Cook Off July 26 during its anniversary celebration, and August will feature Pie Day and Tomato Day.

Foster said the market has grown and now has annual sales around $30,000.

She said there will be a training session on accepting senior and Women, Infants and Children payments 6:30 p.m. April 29 in the Putnam County Commission chambers at the old courthouse. The training is open to market vendors and all county residents.

Reach Ryan Quinn at or 304-348-1254.

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