NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — The New Haven Farmers Market opened for business Saturday, and while the vendors were few, the enthusiasm was great.
Many residents filled the park to check out the offerings of the day. Jackie Blain, one of the market organizers, said she was pleased with the turnout.
“Hopefully, as local produce comes on, we will have more vendors,” Blain said.
One of the vendors set up on opening day was Kelsi Boyd, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., owner of Silver Market Co. Boyd, originally from New Haven, sells handmade skin care products made with all natural, organic ingredients. She said she thinks the market is a wonderful idea.
“It’s great for the town,” Boyd said. “It gives individuals the opportunity to help others, it helps the local economy, and it evens helps the health of the people who buy.”
And while organic wares are not a requirement at the farmers market, they are encouraged by both Blain and co-organizer, Debra Gilman Russell. The two women are strong advocates of organic agriculture and urban permaculture. They plan to offer educational classes at the market this summer.
Also encouraged at the market are musicians who want to get together for a jam session each Saturday, and to share their love of music with younger attendees. Residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and simply fellowship with friends and neighbors, according to Blain and Russell.
Mason County Health Department Sanitarian Jeff Fowler was also at opening day of the market. He was on hand to make sure all vendors met state health codes.
Other vendors at Saturday’s market included an essential oils representative and Walnut Ridge Farm, which offered local raised and grass-fed beef.
Ongoing and updated information on the market can be found on the Facebook page, “New Haven Farmers Market.” Vendors wishing to set up can call 304-593-8205 for more details.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.