Softball-sized tomatoes and liters of maple syrup brought in folks under the tents as they took a break under the sun. Although frigid temperatures have had a negative impact on some select crops this year, most vendors are finding no problem selling their goods.
Russ Tiles has been growing produce for Grandson’s Garden in West Olive for nine years and was happy with this Saturday’s turnout. Vendors like Tiles said their vegetable crops haven’t been hit and their greens have been flying off the shelves.
“Winter didn’t impact us too much...it did impact stuff in the field,” Tiles said. “If we get frost, fruit gets hurt the most.”
Following last year’s bad pick for strawberries, John Klooserman from Visser Farms said the strawberries are scarce this year but business should be heating up this month. The farm’s stand had a few ads up for the 5th Annual Strawberry Extravaganza starting next Monday.
“This place goes crazy when people sell strawberries,” Rich Weise said, gesturing across the pavilion to his market neighbor.
Maryann and Rich Weise’s hobby of producing all natural syrup took a hit this year and they took in substantially less money. Last year the couple had 1,800 gallons of sap, and this year they only had 1,300 gallons to make the syrup with.
Vendors agreed that this past weekend was the busiest they’ve seen the market and they’re hoping it continues.
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