Have your say about the Seymour Area Farmers Market

Spring still may be 55 days away, but planning has begun for this year’s Seymour Area Farmers Market.

An information meeting and registration for vendors will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour. Deadline to register as a vendor is April 7.

Hours for the market, located in the Walnut Street parking lot, have been adjusted so it will open earlier in May to accommodate vendors with early season produce, such as strawberries and asparagus. The market also will be open an additional day from 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The changes were proposed after information was collected from vendors and customers during the 2016 season, said Sara Bane, chairwoman of the farmers market committee.

“Throughout the season, we formally polled vendors twice and also polled the public at the market on two occasions,” she said. “In December, we met with current vendors and had an open discussion about the hours so we could land on common ground.”

The farmers market committee formed last year to revamp the market and made several organizational changes, including hiring a market manager, opening the market up to more vendors and limiting the hours and days people could sell their produce.

“We worked to find days and times that were suitable for as many vendors as possible,” Bane said. “Vendor and customer feedback is so important in making these decisions.”

Bane said both vendors and customers suggested adding a weekday morning to the market’s hours.

Although some vendors weren’t happy with the restrictions and opted out of selling last year, several new vendors came on board, offering new products, including organic lettuce and herbs, fresh meat and eggs, flour, baked bread, local honey and cheese made from locally produced milk.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.