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The longstanding tradition of the Chrisman Farmers Market is reaching it’s final weeks. The market originally started on June 18th and will go until the Friday of Chrisman Days. Over five years ago, the market began when two FFA members were looking for a community outreach.
“It started out with just having people that had hand made items or produce,” Christina Waltz said.
Waltz has been involved with the farmers market for quite some time and sells her ceramics at the event. Anyone who has items, not just produce can sell what they have. “My thoughts are anyone not selling junk-junk should be welcome.”
The market began with just produce, then grew to baked goods, jellies, soaps, jewelry and hair accessories. “There’s a lot of people that believe a farmers market is just produce,” Waltz said. “It’s not. A farmers market is where you can find anything that someone might want.”
Most of the season, three vendors are up on the square each week. Waltz sells ceramics and Tricia Owen along with Adam Marrs sell baked goods. People with goods they would like to sell are welcome to come and go as they please.
“They’re not required to be there every Friday, if they can’t make it that’s fine,” Waltz said. “They can come up a few times and see how it goes.”
With the retirement of FFA/Ag Teacher Eric Dixon, the desire and want to put on a farmer’s market also went with him. “If it hadn’t been for Kaylee Keck and Maecy Johnson, this year’s probably wouldn’t have happened,” Waltz said. “It’s up to the FFA members to get together and do it. They got together and said they wanted it to happen and are encouraging future members to continue.”
Both Johnson and Keck graduate this year, so the driving force behind the market will be gone once again. Waltz said that even if the FFA doesn’t put it on next year, there still will be a market.
“If they don’t, Adam (Marrs) and I will probably get together and decide,” Waltz told us. “We’re going to talk to them and the board and say we’re going to do it.”
Even though the older crowd doesn’t sell anything, they will still sit in their cars or bring a lawn chair to chat with those who are selling items. “I know a lot of the older people would miss it. They get the baked goods and produce. They like the fresh homegrown goodness of it.”
If you would like to keep the Chrisman FFA Farmer’s Market going, contact an FFA member or the FFA Advisor and express your interest in the market. Don’t forget to come out this Friday and next to City Park to support the market from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.