TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
“Market of the Year for 2013.”
Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
And it recently happened for the Whitley County Farmers’ Market.
That’s because the market — with locations open from April through September in Corbin, Williamsburg and Goldbug — was named the Market of the Year for 2013 in the small market category.
The honor came from the Kentucky Farmer’s Market Association, in conjunction with the Central Kentucky AgCredit AgGenius organization.
Whitley Farmers’ Market Treasurer Anne Bays went to Lexington on Monday, Jan. 6, to accept the $250 award on the organization’s behalf.
The awards ceremony was held at the Fruit and Vegetable Conference, where the Kentucky Farmers Market Association also held their annual meeting.
“I think it’s great. Our market is growing, we’re building a lot of momentum, and anytime you get an award like this, it helps to build the momentum,” Bays said.
She added this year’s Farmers’ Market season will open up the last week of April, with the exact dates announced later.
Bays wants to continue the soaring success the Whitley County Farmers’ Market had last year.
As a result, the market’s board will be hosting a vendors meeting from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the UK Cooperative Extension Fine Arts Building on Main Street in Williamsburg.
The meeting is for people who’ve been farmers’ market members in the past, as well as those looking to explore becoming a market member this season and beyond. Members from Whitley County, and all the surrounding counties around Whitley County, are accepted.
Saturday’s meeting will serve brunch, catered by Faulkner Bent Farm. In addition, the 2014 calendar will be presented.
Several updates will be presented at the vendors meeting. They include updates on the Appalachian Regional Commission-Environmental Protection Agency and USDA strategic planning grant for an indoor-year round market and distribution system.
Updates will also be given on acceptance into the CFA market support group with its matching market manager grant, as well as the grant for a mobile grill.
The group will also discuss plans for a “Friends of the Market” non-profit organization, as well as plans for submitting an application for an EBT machine.
When those presentations are finished, those at the meeting are invited to watch a screening of the documentary, “Ingredients,” which explores recent changes in farming and its impact on the community.
For more information, you can email the Whitley County Farmers’ Market at firstname.lastname@example.org.