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’Tis the Season for Putnam Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is located at Area 34 in Teays Valley.

Perfect weather, locally grown produce, baked goods, crafts and more teamed to make for a perfect opening to the 2023 Putnam County Farmers Market. The market, located in the field adjacent to Area 34 opposite Liberty Square in Teays Valley, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Saturday beginning in May until October.

The market provides consumers the opportunity to buy locally grown vegetables, meat, eggs, maple syrup, honey, and other items from the very individuals who produced them. The market is unique in that each sale is eye-to-eye and person-to-person. It is an arrangement by which buyer and seller come to know each other in a special way. The market is a time and place to meet and make new friends.

Among the vendors greeting old friends on May 6th, was Gene and Janis Bennett of Teays Lane in Hurricane. Gene operates a high tunnel which allows him to bring early-season produce to market weeks before home gardens bring forth their bounty. Janis operates a busy kitchen. On Saturday, the Bennetts were offering a variety of greens, fresh eggs produced by free-range poultry, jams, jellies, and home-baked delights. In the Saturdays to come, visitors will be able to purchase honey produced less than two miles from the Area 34 market location.

The first market of the year featured 16 vendors. The offerings increase when spring turns to summer and summer to autumn. The market moves inside Area 34 when inclement weather prevails. The season to make friends is every Saturday.

Janis and Gene Bennett operate LEJA Produce.
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