Farmers’ Market in full swing

The McKenney Farmer’s Market held its fourth outing Friday.

There were only a handful of vendors out offering a baked goods and plants. It is expected that more produce will be available right before the Farmer’s Market takes a mid-summer break.

“They Mayor’s daughter takes applications for registration,” said Cheryl Epps, a volunteer on the farmers market committee, “but you can show up and get an application for five dollars the first time you are here. There are some vendors that come out every time, so we give them a discounted registration for the whole season.”

Jolly Holly Farms and Westover Farm pay at the beginning of each season and show up to each farmers market of the year. One of the biggest attractions is the Yoder’s family, offering fresh made donuts.

Debbi Swadley sells a variety of homemade dog treats. Swadley has to procure a license each year, something vendors selling baked goods can forgo.

“These are my recipes,,” Swadley said, “and after I perfect them I had to send them to a separate lab for quantitative analysis. I can’t vary my recipes if I want to do something else.”

Swadley sells six treats in homemade pouches for three dollars, and applies a 50 cent discount when customers bring the bag back for another purchase.

Westover Farms offered jams, strawberries and frozen pork products. Jolly Holly Farms had a wide variety of baked goods and free CDs.

The McKenney Farmer’s Market will come to a close around Halloween with its annual bash. This year, the market will take a break from the week of July 4 through September.

Featured Photo: Ben May/Dinwiddie Monitor
The Dinwiddie Farmers’ Market.

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