From farm to fork: celebrating local farmers

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Market debuts at Freeman Park

By Brent Schanding

LaFOLLETTE—Farmer Jon Griffith stood at the corner of Central Avenue and First Street on Saturday, selling fresh corn and canned items, such as pickles and homemade hot sauce. He was the lone farmer for the Campbell County Farmers Market’s debut in Freeman Park this weekend.

Attendance was steady as dozens of shoppers meandered by his booth to scout local offerings.

“I’m selling a lot of green beans,” said Griffith, who farms 8 acres in Jacksboro in addition to ag operations elsewhere.

Organizer John Branam gave out free coffee and donuts at the market this weekend. He expects the market’s offerings will expand as produce becomes more plentiful this season.

“I think as we move forward, we’ll see a lot more activity,” he said. “We plan on having it through October, rain or shine.”

Branam said the site at Freeman Park offers space for at least 26 vendors. Set-up is free, but vendors are asked to sell only local produce, honey and other “farm fresh” products.

The market will operate in Freeman Park each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.