PITTSBURG — Although the Pittsburg Farmers’ Market is still two weeks away from opening, this year’s showcase is primed to be the most ambitious one yet.

The market will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from April 14 to Oct. 27 at East 11th Street. It will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday starting May 23 and lasting throughout the summer.

“We were originally going to start on April 21, but we had a couple of vendors say ‘hey, we have some produce we want to sell a week early because we don’t think it is going to last until April 21,’” said Market Manager Adam Vickery. “So we decided to have a soft opening on the April 14, but our big opening will be on April 21.”

Vickery prides his market on the variety of vendors it features each year.

“We usually have about 10 produce vendors, but we also have quite a few bakery and craft vendors,” he said. “We’re going to try to mix it up quite a bit this year with elk meat, special sausages and dip — just a lot of different things.”

Alongside the typical vendors, this year’s market aims to feature more entertainment and activities.

“Even if we can bring people out for just an hour or two, we want to try to make it so there is something going on every Saturday,” Vickery said. “We want people to come out, buy produce and baked goods, but we also want them to come out and see local businesses that are doing certain things.”

Dance recitals, yoga, karate demonstrations and cooking are just some of the activities that Vickery has in mind.

“We’re going to try to bring in some local musicians from Pittsburg and Joplin,” he said. “We have some classically trained artists and some people from the college.”

The manager said he is mostly excited about the prospect of seeing the market grow this year.

“I think we’re going to be much more advertised and I feel as if we’re going to have quite a few more people come through,” Vickery said. “We just want to get bigger and bigger every year.”

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.