This isn’t the first time a farmers market has been held in this downtown area. Bruce Chrisman of Countrysprout Organics remembers bringing their 18th month old daughter to sell at the Carbondale Farmers Market in 1978. “We sold alfalfa and lentil sprouts, yellow baby watermelons, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Maryanne sold lemonade and baked goods.” The Chrisman’s currently sell their certified organic produce and skin care products at the Community Farmers Market and the Neighborhood Coop. Carbondale Mainstream operated a Wednesday farmers market downtown in the early 2000's.
We see this market as an opportunity to provide high quality local foods to Carbondale residents that cannot make it to Saturday morning farmers markets. We also hope that a weekday market may attract area chefs looking to source local produce for their restaurants.
The market will feature a small core of produce growers, a number of whom farm without the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. We think it is important that customers get to know their farmers and have an opportunity to learn about what goes into their food. Our growers love to talk with their customers about their produce, how they grew it, how to prepare it, what it goes well with. The smaller market means that customers get a bit more face time with their farmer.
In addition to produce, the Community Market will also feature local honey, dried pasta, baked goods, soap and skin care. The market accepts credit, debit and EBT in exchange for market tokens. We hope to see you there!