First Harvest Day Celebration set for today at Walker County Farmer's Market

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/1/16

The Walker County Farmer’s Market will host its first Harvest Day Celebration today from 9 a.m. until noon.

Jan Hoadley, one of the event’s planner and a farmer’s market vendor from Slow Money Farms, said that she wants the event to serve …

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First Harvest Day Celebration set for today at Walker County Farmer's Market

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The Walker County Farmer’s Market will host its first Harvest Day Celebration today from 9 a.m. until noon.

Jan Hoadley, one of the event’s planner and a farmer’s market vendor from Slow Money Farms, said that she wants the event to serve as a reminder that the Walker County Farmer’s Market is still open. She added that a lot of farmer’s markets close for the season in September.

Harvest Day also gives the farmer’s market an event to serve as the fall counterpart to the annual Tomato Sandwich Day, which is held in July.

The celebration will feature old fashioned games for kids as well as information from local first responders regarding rural safety and security.

“We’re also doing a food drive to benefit the Nauvoo missions and the Salvation Army of Walker County,” Hoadley said. “We just thought it was a good idea that will help people out, especially right here before the holidays when there’s such a need out there for it.”

She added that her booth will be selling caramel apples, cookies and candies while other vendors will be offering fried pies and other items.

“We’ve got quite a selection of pumpkins, sweet potatoes, things like that. A lot of the fall tastes,” Hoadley said. “Apples are going to be plentiful for people who are looking to get them straight from the farm.”

Although there were some things that Hoadley and fellow Harvest Day organizer Julie Calvert were unable to bring to this year’s celebration, Hoadley said they “penciled those things in for next year to make Harvest Day bigger and better.”

The farmer’s market will open at its regular time of 7 a.m. for people who want to purchase produce before the Harvest Day starts.

“We really appreciate the people who do come out and purchase from the farmers at the farmer’s market,” Hoadley said. “I know it’s a little bit of an adventure beyond the store, but it really does help the community.”

The Walker County Farmer’s Market is located on North Airport Road in Jasper. For more information, visit the Walker County Farmer’s Market Facebook page.