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To market, to market

To market, to market
To market, to market
Angie Janes, right, looks over a selection of vegetables at Jodee Chumley's booth Saturday morning at the Harrison County Farmers' Market. Janes said she comes to market for fresher produce and better prices. (Photo by Lindsey Corley)

Author Michael Pollan wrote a book about (and called) ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma,’ in which he posed the question of what’s for dinner. He gave four ways people can get their food: fast-food restaurants, industrial supermarket chains, organic or other alternative food sources, and food people grow, gather and process on their own.
The organic or alternative food sources option focused heavily on remaining local when purchasing food, specifically at local farmers’ markets.
Harrison County has its own farmers’ market, available three days a week, to anyone wanting locally grown, fresh produce and other items. Last Saturday morning, five vendors were set up to present their offerings to the public.
Jodee Chumley is involved with one of the bigger booths at the market, along with Ramiro Lozano. They have been participating for five years and offer a wide variety of vegetables, including corn, cucumbers, cabbage, okra and, of course, tomatoes.
Chumley said she accidentally got involved one year because of a bumper crop of tomatoes and a suggestion by Chumley’s mother to take them to the farmers’ market.
‘We enjoyed it, so we kept coming back,’ she said.
The Harrison County Farmers’ Market is also funded by a state program which allows the vendors to accept WIC (Women-Infants-Children) vouchers.
‘That’s really our main purpose of being here,’ Chumley said. ‘To supply fresh vegetables to women and children.’
Besides offering the regular array of fresh vegetables, Chumley said her booth also offers herbs and flowers. This time of year, particularly, is a big selling season for mums, so she and Lozano brought several plants Saturday for sale.
Vegetables, herbs and plants weren’t the only things on the menu at the market, either.
Alan Crone and his daughter, Kayla, of Depauw were set up Saturday with their locally processed honey, handmade soaps and bread.
‘We ground the wheat ourselves,’ Crone said.
Crone has been involved in the market for two years, and he also takes his wares to Louisville. He said people are used to seeing honey at farmers’ markets but said the bread and the soaps are usually surprises.
‘It’s a fun hobby,’ he said of producing the goods and selling them at farmers’ markets.
One of the most unusual vendors at the market was Lost Valley Beef.
‘I’ve got the main course; they’ve got the sides,’ said John Bliss of Corydon as he pointed to vegetable stands on either side of him.
Bliss said his meat, which is all natural with no hormones, has been a hit with the market crowd. He said about two years ago so many customers began coming to his home to make their purchases, he thought coming to a more centrally-located place would be beneficial.
‘It’s worked out well,’ Bliss said.
He offers hamburger, steaks and even summer sausage, which he said is a big seller.
Angie Janes of Lanesville stopped by both Bliss’ and Chumley’s booths during her stop at the farmers’ market. She picked up hamburger patties from Bliss and, among other things, okra from Chumley. The farmers’ market has become part of her Saturday routine, Janes said. She works out at the YMCA of Harrison County and then stops by the market.
‘I like to support the local people,’ Janes said. ‘It’s fresher. Even the potatoes taste better.’
Janes said she also sees novelty items, things like pear tomatoes, which are hard to come by in standard grocery stores, and the prices are better at the market, too.
The Harrison County Farmers’ Market runs from June until October, three days a week. On Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, the market meets in the Sears and Dollar General parking lot. On Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, the market meets on the east side of the Corydon town square.
For more information regarding the market, call the Harrison County Extension Office at 738-4236.