Starting this Saturday and lasting until the end of October, the annual tradition of buying farm-grown fruits and vegetables under the Bartow Jones Bridge in Point Pleasant will once again attract large crowds from across the region.
“We have people from all over Ohio and West Virginia who come to buy and sell food,” Bill Reebel, market master said. “We have everything from baked goods to our popular three items: beans tomatoes and sweet corn.”
But Point Pleasant isn’t the only place to get fresh produce at great prices. Reebel also said that the Hartford and Mason market locations will soon be announced.
The market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon for the rest of the month. Then beginning in July, it will be open every Wednesday and Saturday with the same hours.
An idea that started in 1999, has turned into a big event. Reebel gives thanks to the Mason County Farm Service Agency and the Mason County Economic Development Authority for all their assistance in helping set up the market.
To sell your items at the market, a $7 fee is charge per day. Reebel also said that like in years past, senior and WIC vouchers will be taken from July 1 until October 31.
From zucchini to squash, the market master claims he has seen it all, but turtle testicles have been the strangest item to be sold at the market.
“We have a choice of six to seven types of beans, 10 to 15 heir loomed tomatoes and about 10 different varieties of sweet corn,” Reebel said. “We are definitely going to have a good season this year.”
Reebel continued to say that crops have done fairly well this year compared to last year.
“It wasn’t as wet as it was last year,” he said.
As far as what to expect at this year’s market, Reebel is currently taking steps to get a food stamp machine up and running at the market.
“I like to think that I am helping feed the world, one person at a time,” Reebel said.
Reebel is known by many as “The Pepper King.”
For information about the market, please contact Reebel at (304) 674-5633.