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Farmer’s Markets Thrive with Participation

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Karli VanCleave
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Fort Wayne Farmer’s Markets say they have had an increasing amount of buyer and vendor participation.The city’s market coordinator spoke about how the market is dealing with the growth.

 

Each Saturday morning vendors at the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market promote the purchase of local goods. Market Coordinator Lisa Haagen says the market is “bursting at the seams” with buyers and vendors. Haagen says over the past two years the market went from an average of 12 vendors a week to 30 vendors a week and the market struggles to find space.

 

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A closer look at the home-grown kale and swiss chard from a vendor at the farmer’s market.

“We have a big vision and we know what we want to see from our vendors and for our community,” Haagen said. “So we have all figured out a way to make it work the best that we can.”

 

Haagen says, like other people, it is important for her to know who her farmer is and where her food is coming from. The Fort Wayne Farmer’s market requires vendors to be from within a 50 mile radius of the city. Haagen says this keeps their products local.

 

“Our mission is to basically help establish and promote these small businesses’ and local farms so that they succeed,” Haagen said. “To provide the community with healthy fresh options that they know for a fact are local.”

 

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One of the vendors greets the visitors as they walk into the market.

 

This past year is the first time the market has ran every week of the year. In July, buyers will be able to purchase their produce online and pick it up directly from the farmers at the Saturday morning market. Haagen says she hopes this simplifies regular purchases from local farmers as the market continues to grow.  

 

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