By Trish Turner
It was a picture perfect day for the grand re-opening of the Doe Valley Farmer's Market & Bazaar on Wednesday, May 6. Vendors arrived around 3:00 p.m. to set up in a horseshoe formation in the parking lot of the Doe Valley Swim & Tennis Club. The market opened at 3:30 p.m. to the public. The sun was shining brightly and it was a bit windy, but that did not deter the vendors from setting up, or customers from arriving to purchase their goodies. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the market was set up a little differently. All the vendors were wearing face masks and gloves and customers had to maintain their social distance. Lines were marked on the pavement to let customers know where to stand while waiting to approach a vendor's stand. There was a steady stream of customers coming in, and all followed the social distancing orders. The Doe Valley Farmer's Market & Bazaar is a weekly event held every Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. However, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak it was closed down in February until regulations were changed by Governor Beshear allowing it to re-open in May. Opening day was dedicated to Geraldine "Geri" Solomon who was a Doe Valley resident and a vendor at the market under the name Unique Sweet Treats of Kentucky. Her specialty was bourbon balls and several other desserts made with bourbon. Sadly, Geri passed away from cancer in March. Her wonderful treats and sweet spirit will be missed at the market. Several vendors were set up this week such as Ellen Di Stephano Buonpastore of Leave the Gun & Take the Cannoli, with her authentic Italian food and gourmet desserts; Succulent Sweet Desserts by Angela Adams, who added fresh squeezed lemonade to her stand this year; Cake Botch with Rae Vaughn, who had her signature hummingbird cakes for sale; Farm Fresh Eggs, sold by Rita; Chef Maria's Kitchen, with authentic Greek food; Best Bud Bones, selling homemade dog biscuits; John Dismang, selling a variety of trees; and Sunny & 75, the ice cream based food truck. I was intrigued by some of the youngest participants at the market. As I went into the market area I could not miss hearing the sound of a guitar strumming and the voice of a sweet angel. Eva (pronounced eavah, with the e sound like in everlasting) Johnson, a nine year old third grader at Brandenburg Primary was singing and playing her guitar and had a hat set out for donations. Eva sang a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah and her hat was getting full of bills. Her dad Aaron stood watch nearby her and said that she was earning money on her own to buy a swag bike. Another young entrepreneur, Lena Clanton, had a table set up amongst the vendors and she was selling homemade dog biscuits under the name of Best Bud Bones. Lena is nine years old and is in third grade at Brandenburg Primary. Her Dad, Todd Clanton, who is the Meade County High School Athletic Director, said that she made all the biscuits and packaged them herself. Lena told me that she makes the biscuits from pumpkin puree, eggs, peanut butter, and wheat flour and then bakes them in special molds. Kudos to these young entrepreneurs! Be sure to come out to the Doe Valley Farmer's Market & Bazaar every Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. You need to be there as early as you can because some vendors, such as Ellen from Leave the Gun & Take the Cannoli, had sold out by 4:30. You can go to the Doe Valley Farmer's Market & Bazaar Facebook page to see which vendors will be there each week and can even do some pre-ordering. Each week there will be more vendors showing up and soon the farmer's crops will be coming in with a variety of vegetables. The market is easy to find. Just follow the signs from the Bypass to Olin Road up to the entrance to Doe Valley; or from Old Mill Road to the other entrance to Doe Valley. See you there!