Newly-appointed manager Rebekah Faivor brought about many changes to the DeWitt’s farmer’s market this season, including a food assistance program aiming to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to the county’s residents.
“The program accepts four food assistance programs overall,” Faivor said. “Which include the Wic project, senior project fresh, double up food bucks and snap (the bridge card).”
All of the programs are funded by the state, except double up, which is funded by the fair food network.
Rachel Tindall of Tindall’s Tavern has been selling her body care products at Dewitt’s farmers market for three seasons.
Vendors at the market stress the importance of selling good and natural products at affordable prices.
“I sell vegan soaps, body butter and bubble bars,” said Rachel Tindall, body care products vendor at the market for three seasons. “I started making my products because I like a more natural product on my body.”
First-time vendors like Diana Tennes of the Country Mill said their experience at the market has been positive.
“I think it is a nice market, very relaxing,” Tennes said. “I sold out of doughnuts within an hour!”
Annie Macintosh, along with her husband and 20-month-old son were among the customers browsing the booths.
“When we discovered this market when we first moved here we started coming fairly often. I try and buy as much produce as I can locally grown,” Macintosh said. “We especially love the kettle corn and the people.”
Veterans of the market, Bryan and Patricia Brothers, have been selling their locally grown produce at the market for years.
“Our farm is completely family run and we everything; strawberries, raspberries, apples, watermelon, eggs, honey, pumpkins, peppers and more,” Bryan Brothers said. “We shop locally very often and like to support our fellow business owners.”
The Dewitt Farmer’s Market is open every Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 pm, but closes down for the season on October 11.