The Fourth of July marked the celebration of Independence Day and coincided with the start of the farmer’s market season in Madison County. Although some markets can have a presence starting as early as the end of June, much of the official opening days happen on or after the Fourth of July.
“The season starts on July 1 and runs through October. But it all depends on when and what the vendors have coming in,” said Ron Shoaf, president of the Madison County Producers Association.
The association was created 15 years ago to help organize the Madison County Farmer’s Market.
On June 17, in London, Lifecare Alliance was at the Lafayette Street location, handing out coupons in preparation for the upcoming market. The Madison County Farmer’s Market which includes fruits, vegetables, and crafts — all originating from county residents — officially begins in front of Tractor Supply Co. on July 8 and runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October.
Plain City has its annual farmer’s market, put on by the Uptown Plain City Organization, starting with a special opening on Tuesday, July 4, done in accordance with the town’s annual July 4 parade. The market will resume its regular schedule after the holiday, opening Thursdays from 4:30-7 p.m. through Oct. 5 at the corner of South Chillicothe and Main Street.
The West Jefferson Farmer’s Market started at the end of June and also runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Pat’s Pizza and Pub.