Sunday, April 20, 2014

Farmers market moves across the street

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market will have a new location and new look this spring.
Due to ground maintenance on the west side of Bidwell Parkway, the market will move directly across Elmwood Avenue. The relocation will be effective for the first two to three months of the market’s season.
“We had to do it a couple of years ago because we just had so much rain,” marketing director for Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, Joe Kirchmyer said. “Our side of Elmwood turned into a mud pit, so to give the ground and the grass time to recover, we moved to the other side for a month. It’s a little bit smaller, but it still works.”  
The market will begin on May 10 and will run from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine until Nov. 29.
Joe Kirchmyer and Karl Frizlen look over poster contest entries
A poster contest will be held which will require participants to draw posters that promote the farmers market. This will be the market’s fourth annual poster competition.
Although the market season has yet to begin, residents can still enjoy locally grown and produced foods at Horsefeathers Market & Residences located at 346 Connecticut St. During the winter season, Elmwood-Bidwell and Horsefeathers work together to bring fresh products through a variety of suppliers.
“On Saturday mornings, during the winter, we invite approximately 18 farmers,” treasurer of Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, Karl Frizlen said. “They sell their products inside the market, together with four permanent ones.”
The Horsefeathers marketplace occupies the basement level and first floor and runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday morning. By Jamie Hall, Kamesha Jones and Jazmina Rivera