Farmers market back for 33rd season

Beautiful spring weather greeted visitors at the opening night for the Franklin County Farmers Market in Hampton last  Friday. Only four vendors had items ready for sale, but the low turnout is typical for early season events.

     "It usually grows as the season prolongs,” said Barb Ristau, organizer of the farmers market. "We have asparagus tonight, and I'm just happy to have that. I looked at the weather over the last few days and said, ‘Oh good! This will make it grow.’ "

     In addition to asparagus, Friday’s vendors had baked goods, flowers, honey, jellies, jams and a few other items. Ristau said the farmers market typically peaks at between 15-20 vendors in July and August once warm weather ripens local gardens. Soon, radishes and rhubarb will be ready for sale.

Read the full article in the May 14 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.