The Farmers Market Coalition has declared Aug. 7 through 13 to be National Farmer's Market Week.
The Farmers Market Coalition has declared Aug. 7 through 13 to be National Farmer's Market Week. The week is meant to help promote farmer's markets across the nation and recognize their importance in the community.
The farmer's market in Moundridge is held on the grounds of the Cole House Museum, 402 W. Cole St., Moundridge from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday and from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday.
Shery Kessler brings homemade pies, cookies, breads and spinach artichoke dip to sell. Kessler said this is her third year at the market, which was undeterred by a drizzling rain this past weekend.
"We're here, rain or shine," Kessler said, adding that the people who come to shop at the farmer's market come from both inside and outside of Moundridge.
Norman Funk has been a vendor at the farmer's market for 20 years and had tables loaded with vegetables he grew for sale. Squash, sweet corn, potatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, tomatoes and other produce are Funk's specialties.
Funk said the farmer's market has an average of 10 vendors each week, with vendors from as far away as Inman bringing in tomatoes, painted gourds and other homemade and home grown items.
Rashelle Schrag sells Sand Hill Soaps, all-natural soaps with different scents that she makes from scratch.
"I butcher a hog every year and we get lard off of that," Schrag said. "You take oils — I usually use lard, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and castor oil. You melt that down and then you take water — or for some of these I use goat's milk, and you have to mix it with the lye. Get it to a certain temperature, mix that with the oil, let it sit and it hardens... and then I add in scents."
For coloring, Schrag uses teas and spices in the soaps. Her grapefruit soap had paprika mixed in to give it a pink hue.
"I just try to use everything natural; I don't use any dyes," Schrag said. "I have fun. It's been my hobby and it's getting bigger and bigger every year."
Sarah Henry sells "bags of salsa," which contain two small white onions, a clove of garlic, dried cayenne pepper and jalapenos from her garden.
"Basically, all you have to do is add tomatoes, cilantro, salt and pepper," Henry said.
Henry also spins wool into yarn by hand. Some of her softest wool is from the alpacas she raises.
"You can get five to 11 pounds of fleece off of one (alpaca)," Henry said.
"I have everything," said Vern Demel of his produce, which included beets, jalapenos, bell peppers, eggs and cantaloupe.
Demel said he sells items at the farmer's market and that his garden produced items that are popular with his coworkers.
"Some of those people can't raise gardens, living in apartments," Demel said.
The secret to getting the best selection at the farmer's market is to get there early, Demel said.
For more information on the Farmers Market Coalition, visit www.farmersmarketcoalition.org.