PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Area Farmers’ Market is off to a strong start for its Saturday market, but Manager Adam Vickery is hoping to foster the same success for the Wednesday market.
The farmers’ market will be open for its third Wednesday this week. The market is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays — in addition to its regular 8 a.m. to noon Saturday market. Vickery said the Wednesday market is an effort to provide the community with another opportunity to purchase fresh produce and other goods.
“We hope that with the Wednesday market we can catch folks getting off of work,” Vickery said. “It opens up another opportunity to come check out the market and what we have going on.”
Vickery said turnout has been great during the Saturday market, with many folks coming at 8 a.m. and staying the whole time. He said there are fewer vendors at the Wednesday market, but as attendance increases, he expects more vendors to take part.
The farmers’ market is also hosting special events during the Wednesday hours. This week, Riggs Chiropractic will be on site offering spinal inspections, and a presentation by 4-H Youth Development Agent Katie Rohling is scheduled for June 14.
“The 4-H presentation will be a great opportunity for parents to bring their children out and see the market,” Vickery said. “We are also looking into hosting cooking classes or painting sessions during the Wednesday market.”
The Pittsburg City Commission voted 3-2 in February to take over operations of the farmers’ market. Vickery was hired as manager shortly after and worked for Pittsburg Parks and Recreation for nearly three years prior to taking his new position.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.