WOOSTER — The Farmers' and Crafters' Market grand opening day in Wooster was a huge success. Thanks to the hard working staff who knocked themselves out making everyone feel welcome. Vendors showed up at 5:30 a.m. and the buyers started coming at 6 a.m. — even before sunrise at 6:32 a.m.
The grand opening was well planned with a bounce house, face painting, balloons and produce and craft vendors who showed up for many buyers. The Advisory Board members this season are Emily Harris, Jerry Boyer, Gerri Johnson, Freddie Mark Wilcox, Donna J. Spurrier, Bill Wilson and Dirk Deturk.
A bountiful breakfast was free for opening day. It included home-made blueberry muffins, peach cobbler with ice-cream, oatmeal, fruit compote, hard boiled eggs, and coffee. Thanks to Marie Wilson and Donna Spurrier for their delicious home-made food preparations.
Vendors came with trucks loaded and Sandee Reynolds even pulled her small wagon with butternut squash from her back yard garden in Wooster. Vendors offered blueberries, cantaloupe, onions, squash, watermelons, grapes, pickles, jams, jellies, quilts, jewelry, oranges, pears, peppers, purple hull peas (which sold out), pot holders, scrubbies, and even Shetland sheep roving wool. Other vendors were David Wilson of Conway, Bill Sturtevant of Cleveland, Donna Spurrier from Wooster, Randy and Gail West from McGintyTown, Gerri Johnson of Greenbrier, and Jason and Chad Rozanski from Holland.
Road Runner President Emily Harris said, "I had no idea how many vendors would turn up; but this Market is finally a fun, family success." A $2,000.00 grant made possible through the support of the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas and the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) helped spur this project to fruition. The Roadrunner’s Extension Homemakers Club is the Market sponsor. Many families delighted over the beautiful, healthy produce and had a good time watching their children play on a perfectly beautiful day.
The Market is open each Saturday at the Wooster City Park, corner of Shaw Bridge Road and Parkway Drive — just 5 miles west of Greenbrier. All vendors must be present by 5:30 to register and set up. Hours of business are 6-10 a.m. Vendors may get full rules and applications when they arrive or may pick up at 104 Patton Road in Wooster. For more information email WoosterMarket@gmail.com or call 501-581- 7371.
Five door prizes were drawn so check your ticket numbers on their Facebook page: Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market-Wooster. If you won a prize, you can pick it up next Saturday. Come again every Saturday until the last Saturday Nov. 2. Vendor fees are waived this season so be sure to tell your friends. View photos on www.spotted.thecabin.net