Farmers market opens Saturday

The Shawano Farmers Market will be back for another season Saturday, although winter's overtime might result in a slower than usual start.

There are 30 vendors slated to be in the Shawano City Hall parking lot for opening weekend, according to new market coordinator Nathan Falk. This year's market has room for up to 44 vendors, seven more than last year.

"There are some vendors who are not going to be there right away and are not going to have as much as they usually do," Falk said. "We do still have a considerable number of vendors for our opening week."

The farmers market is in the process of getting equipment for the QUEST food stamp cards. Falk said the system should be in place in July. It will provide tokens that allow food stamp recipients to purchase fresh food from select vendors at the market.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Saturday this summer. It will wrap up Oct. 5, moving to the downtown area as part of the annual Oktoberfest.

Live music will add to the atmosphere at the market, which Falk said provides a unique experience for customers. "They should expect a good selection of a variety of local products, crafts, food and fun," he said.

The market is still looking for sponsors to help defray its overhead costs. According to Falk, someone can be a "Friend of the Market" with a donation as small as $25.

By Lee Pulaski
Food stamp program to be implemented in July
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