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Carroll County Farmers Market opens Saturday

The Carroll County Farmers Market has been in operation for more than 40 years acting as an outlet for local farmers to sell their products and give local consumers a chance to buy farm fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, jams and jellies, agricultural products and crafts. Saturday, the market opens for the 2014 summer season.

Celebrating Father's Day on opening day, there will be a drawing in which a basket filled with over $100 of BBQ supplies and utensils will be given away, according to Market Manager Heather Kuykendall.

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As a producer-only market, they require that all of the items sold be made from the vendors themselves, according to Kuykendall.

At this Saturday's market there will be asparagus, lettuce, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, squash, spring onions, turnips, kale, swiss chard and collards. Other items featured at the market include, farm raised beef, lamb, and pork, eggs, honey, emu meat, cakes, pies, cookies and much more, according to Kuykendall.

On the crafts side, there are fabric crafts, jewelry, dried floral arrangements, soaps and lotions, ceramics, primitive art and more, according to Kuykendall.

Some vendors include Dana's Flower and Garden Place, Cookie Ladies, Sentimental Soaps, Heather's Kitchen and many more according to the market's website.

"The fact that we are the oldest farmers market in Carroll County makes us unique," Kuykendall said. "We have a handful of vendors that have been with us since the beginning."

With demonstrations every Saturday from vendors showcasing their craft or a hobby, the market also features two popular festivals — the Peach Festival and the Heirloom Tomato Festival, according to Kuykendall.

On Aug. 9, the Eat a Peach Bike Ride, which coincides with the market's Peach Festival, will help benefit the Brain Injury Association, according to Kuykendall. The Heirloom Tomato Festival Aug. 16 will feature the Master Gardeners who will answer any gardening questions anyone may have, according to Kuykendall.

The second week of the market is their anniversary week and will include free cake and punch as well as a quilting show where there will be a quilting room dedicated to the Piece Makers Gild, according to Kuykendall.

"We have grown extensively since 1972 and have been operating at the Ag Center since then and depending on the season, we can house between 50-100 vendors," Kuykendall said.

Breakfast and lunch will be served every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the market and music will be provided weekly by On Common Ground musicians, according to the market's website.

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