Photo by Chad Hobbs | The Meade County Messenger
Arrionda Jawahir and her newly purchased llama from Kats Paca Farm smiled for a picture while looking over the baked goods at Sunny Acres table.
The Meade County Farmers Market, located beside the Extension office and across from the library in Brandenburg, offers a unique shopping experience with not only a wide variety of products but great value and quality as well. The market is open on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
To answer the question on many people’s minds, garden/farm-fresh sweet corn and tomatoes have not yet made their debut for the 2021 season. It is still too early for the warm season vegetables, but there is still a lot of other options already available at the market.
Walking around the different vendors’ tables last Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised by the wide selection of offerings. Sunny Acres offered assorted baked breads and baked goods, lettuce, eggs, plants, and a fresh strawberry cake that I would have done well to brought home with me. Wild Acres Farm had eggs, honey, honey sourdough bread, jellies and an assortment of homemade soaps. Then, there was Fallen Maple Farm with fresh strawberries, onions, radishes, lettuce, a wide selection of vegetable and herb plants, soaps, canned goods, and even suckers that were molded around flowers in their centers.
For those looking for meat, there were several vendors present to meet those needs. David Jenkins’ Farm offered farm-raised beef by the pound, quarter or half. Hawkins Farm was on hand to sell their pasture-raised chickens’ eggs, grass-fed beef cuts and were also taking preorders on pasture-raised chickens. Starting Memorial Day weekend, they will also have pasture-raised pork.
Cedar Flats Farmhouse and Sawmill was a vendor with a unique story that is new to the market this year. They harvest cedar trees from their farm, process them through their own sawmill and sell everything from cedar planks to planters, stools and decorative wheelbarrows made from the wood.
Kats Paca Farm had gloves, socks, knit caps and yarn made from alpaca fleece. Kathy Laster said that she shears her alpacas each year and sends the fiber to a cooperative in New England which she is a member of. One of the big hits with the children at the market were the llama stuffed animals she sold.
This is just a small selection of the many vendors who sell various products at the market throughout the year. One of the nicest parts about the whole experience is that, unlike a grocery store, the consumer can talk directly to the men and women who raised or made the products for sale. Every one of the vendors I spoke with was not only more than happy to talk about their products but in doing so, allowed the shoppers the opportunity to meet the wonderful men and women that have labored to bring the various commodities from their fields, kitchens, shops, ect. directly to their customers.