2012-02-21 / Front Page

Fifth Season Brings New Members, Name Change For Farmers’ Market

As the Community Farmers’ Market of Owen County prepares for its fifth season, it is making some exciting changes. Most importantly, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the market to “Owen County Farmers’ Market.” They discovered that when competing in farmers’ market contests and in polling the public, many people had difficulty remembering the full name of the market.

From its conception, the market has been located on the north side of the Owen County Courthouse. However, due to the ongoing Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvement project at the courthouse, the market is relocating to the vacant lot beside Babbs SuperValu on West Morgan Street. The market is embracing this change in location with excitement.

In 2011, the terms for three original members of the board came to an end. The market thanks Nancy Sparks, Patty Stewart and Ed O’Brien for their many years of service. Elected to replace the outgoing members of the board were Andrea Curry and Bill Peterson. A vacancy remains on the board. If you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors or would like additional information on the market, please visit www.farmersmarketowencounty.com for contact information, or call Denise Jenkins at 829- 8351. The following board members were elected to serve as officers: Denise Jenkins, president; Jim Baughman, vice president; Bill Peterson, treasurer; and Andrea Curry, secretary.

The market will continue its annual educational series with a meeting on Thursday, March 1, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office in Spencer. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at the market or in buying local and supporting your local farmers and community, please put this date on your calendar. Contracts will be available. Watch The Hoosier Topics for additional information on this event.

A second educational meeting has been added this year and will be held on April 5th, also at 6:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office in Spencer. Contracts will be available.

The Owen County Farmers’ Market thanks the community, vendors and volunteers for embracing and making it the success it is as it enters its fifth season.

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