"The reinvigorated farmers' market is not only a source of great local food and goods, but also an important means of strengthening community and our downtown. My thanks go to all participants who made this outcome possible, including organizers, shoppers, vendors and musicians. I look forward to watching the market continue to grow, as it surely will," said Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray.
The market now features lamb, pork, squash, pumpkins, baked items, fresh salsa, hand-knitted woolen hats and mittens, soaps and lotion and much more. Over the course of the season, shoppers have been able to buy fresh green beans, beets, tomatoes, corn and radishes.
Baked goods, organic grown meats, preserves and all types of craft items have been available at the market since it opened in the early spring.
Keeping with its tradition of live music, the Oct. 31 Downtown Farmers' Market will feature a 10 a.m. concert by DePauwcappella, the DePauw University student a cappella group led by Anajah Roberts.
Coordinated by the Friends of the Farmers' Market chaired by Cathryn Ensley, the expanded downtown Farmers' Market was an outcome of The Sustainable Greencastle Report created by more than 100 local citizens in March, 2009.
"It was exciting to see our community come together over local food this year. We look forward to a successful close to the 2009 season, and then building on our momentum in 2010. A big thank you goes to our community partners for their support," said Ensley.
"The farmers' market provides an opportunity to support our local farmers, merchants and entertainers in a fun, social setting along the historic downtown square. The locally-grown produce and baked goods are delicious, and it is truly enjoyable to get to know the people who work so hard to provide these for our community," said market shopper Darcy McCoy.
The Oct. 31 market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on the north side of the downtown square. All items are locally grown, sewn or made. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-0673.