"Mom's" the word this weekend, and the Carroll County Farmers Marketis the place to choose a one-of-a-kind gift for yours, as the SpringShow ushers in the season from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Agricultural Center.

The popular event, in its third year, featureshome-baked goods, vegetable and flower bedding plants, fresh meats and eggs, honey, early home-grown vegetables, flower arrangements, gifts for mother and original handmade crafts.

Visitors may browse or buy in three enclosed buildings. Admissionand parking are free.

"Attendance was very good, even the first year," said Anita O'Day of Westminster, who co-manages the market withConnie Bialecki of Winfield.

Petunias, tomatoes and golden marigolds will be just a few of the offerings.

The danger of frost is past, and it's a good time to get bedding plants in, O'Day said.

The100 participants who will offer their wares were selected on the basis of originality, creativity, quality of work and general appeal by a committee of five Farmers Market board members.

The craft items available include decorative country wood products, tole painting, pottery, baskets, jewelry, hand-stitched quilts, furniture and art objects.

Early risers can sit down to a breakfast prepared by cafeteria chefs Tania Bequette and Heather O'Day.

Or you may arrive later and enjoy a lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs or barbecue.

In its 20thyear, the Carroll County Summer Farmers Market opens June 22 and continues every Saturday through Sept. 7.

The market originated in 1971 as an outlet for farmers to sell locally grown produce, agricultural products and hand-made crafts directly to residents.

Set up as a self-sufficient, non-profit, private organization, it successfully continues today without government, state or county money.

To get to the Farmers Market, follow the signs to the Agricultural Center onSmith Avenue. Information: 875-2158 or 848-7748.

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