Hempstead County Farmers’ Markets in Hope and Old Washington and Howard County Farmers’ Market in Nashville will be continuing a partnership they began last year. The three markets plan to open in May, coordinating their market days so that Tuesdays will be in Hope, Fridays in Nashville, and Saturdays in Old Washington. By working together, the markets hope to minimize the need for growers to “choose” between markets. Also, each of the markets plan make each market day special with cooking demonstrations, tastings, gardening workshops and other activities to provide more interest for customers. Old Washington plans to hold a “Junior Farmers’ Market” which will allow youths to participate at market without paying a registration fee. Anyone with locally-grown produce, honey, eggs, home-baked goods, homemade soaps and other farm products may participate at all three markets for one low registration fee. Growers may authorize another individual to see their products for them, but “resale” is not permitted at any of the three markets. Hand-crafted goods may be sold under certain conditions, especially at Old Washington Farmers Market. For more information about participating at the markets call 870-703-8788 in Hope, 870-826-4101 in Washington or 870-557-2352 in Nashville.
Pictured are customers shopping during last year’s farmers’ market in Hope. The Hope Market will open on Tuesdays beginning in May and will partner with the Old Washington Market (Saturdays) and the Nashville Market (Fridays).