By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD
News & Journal Editor
According to USDA data, farmers’ markets have experienced growth in every region of our country in recent years. They play many important roles for both farmers and consumers. While farmers markets in the spring and summer months continue to draw huge crowds, some areas do feature winter markets as well, but with meat vendors, bakers and artisans being more of a feature. And Clarksburg is fortunate to offer such a winter market!
A member of the Board of Directors and an enthusiastic organizer of Clarksburg’s Farmers Market, Micayla Ash says people in the area are encouraged to get out of the house and attend 2019’s first market to be held at the First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg on Saturday, January 19th.
“We’re calling it our ‘Warm Winter Wishes’ market, and it offers people the opportunity to come and browse around indoors in the church’s gym,” she stated. “Even though it’s wintertime and there isn’t the abundance of produce that is offered during the warmer months, we will still have several vendors present offering everything from chicken, venison rabbit, pork and beef, to lamb. We will also have personal care body products and soaps that are naturally made, organic pet products, natural and organic pet treats, and artisans with aromatherapy products featuring essential oils, to name a few of our vendors that will be attending.”
Micayla noted that the Clarksburg Farmers Market has grown to be year-round.
“It all begins around Mother’s Day when we have our initial spring event that offers lots of flowers,” she added. “Liberty High School’s FFA has gotten involved with that and several vendors bring hanging baskets. It kind of gets people ready to think about getting outdoors for our Spring/Summer markets that launch around Memorial Day and run through mid-October. They are always held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m….