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May 31, 2013

Cass County Farmers Market to kick off Saturday

Vendors will offer fresh produce, baked goods.

LOGANSPORT — The Cass County Farmers Market begins its season Saturday, giving shoppers, farmers and vendors the opportunity to buy and sell locally grown and made goods.

Starting this Saturday, the market will be open for business from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through the last weekend in October. The market will be open on Wednesdays starting July 3 from 3 to 6 p.m.

For a one-time $15 fee or a $50 summer-long fee, vendors living in or in a county adjacent to Cass County can set up shop on the market grounds and sell their locally grown produce and made goods.

Brenda Quaglio, an organizer with the farmers market, said the summer-long event has been a tradition in the area for about the last 30 years and can bring in up to 35 vendors in a day as the season progresses.

“It proceeds from cold weather crops and then we have more variety as the season continues,” she said.

For instance, Cass County farmer Steve Sullivan’s sweet corn won’t be ready for the market until late July. He commended the market for providing an outlet for people to buy and sell quality goods on a local level.

“It’s all homegrown material,” he said. “You get fresh produce.”

Sullivan went on to say the market has also been known to bring in crafts, baked goods, meats and a vendor manning a grill offering hot lunches for sale.

“It’s a menagerie of people,” he said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

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