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Jasper County Tribune

Going to the farmers’ market

Baxter’s Farmers’ Market open each Wednesday with fresh finds

Fresh finds from fruits and vegetables to macramé and one-of-a-kind art are available each week at the Baxter Farmers’ Market. In its 10th year, the farmers’ market sets up shop from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 120 S. Main St. each week.

“Our community really supports the market,” organizer Elizabeth Warner said.

Even with the ongoing pandemic, Warner said the farmers’ market hasn’t had to change and attendance has been normal. The booths are spaced out naturally and people are taking precautions as they choose.

Vendors on hand to sell their goods range from the colorful jars of jams and jellies to baked goods you can smell like they are coming out of the oven. Fresh flowers bring a pop of color and shirts with graphics printed on give people a chuckle.

One vendor, Lois Steinberger of Steinberger Garden Oasis has expanded her products to include fresh offerings for 2020.

“I started last year at the end of the year just with the baked goods, then I have gone into micro green. We also have a vegetable garden we started up this year. It is going to be a slow year for us to produce, but we will get over that eventually,” Steinberger said. “It was really good a couple of weeks ago but last week was kind of slow, which I don’t know if the Fourth of July holiday affected it. We’ve had more vendors, so that has been good. I think word has gotten out that we have more people.”

Adding new vendors is always a goal of the organizers to give the community members more options and variety while visiting the market.

“Every week we try and have food available so people can come to the market for goods and dinner,” Warner said.

Last week, an ice cream truck was even on hand to help beat the heat as it soared above 90 degrees. Luckily, the market also has built in shade with large trees covering the area and a good alley for a breeze to blow through.

For more information about the Baxter Farmers’ Market, visit the organization’s Facebook page.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or

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