Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Hopkins County Farmer's Market Appreciation Day

apprec 300MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/1/13) – The Hopkins County Extension Service celebrated its annual Farmer's Market Appreciation Day on Wednesday, July 31 at the Ballard Convention Center at 605 E. Arch Street, Madisonville.
 
While the event was filled with fun activities, food, door prizes and music by Ray Ligon, significance of it was to show appreciation to local farmers and to spread the awareness about family-owned farmer's markets.
 
"Today went really well. We do this every year to get the community out and to learn about where the foods are coming from and whose growing it. Not a lot of people realize that there are a lot of people who grow these foods here in Hopkins County," said Andy Rideout, horticulturalist for the extension service.
 
With all the rainy weather this year, some local farmers got a late start with planting. Farmers need a more well-drained soil to permit timely field operations. In well-drained soil, the oxygen is able to reach the root zone to promote root health. Soil with too much water, optimal root growth can't happen and possibly kill the plant.

apprec3 500

Chris Devoto, of Twin Maples Homestead & Family Forest Farm and the market manager said while they had a late start, produce is readily available.
 
"We are just now getting started, with everything coming up so late this year... everything is really coming in now," said Devoto. "Venders will have their booths open all the way through Oct. 31."
 
Devoto is using a creative and innovative farming method that has added new dimensions to the land and has been establishing better relationships between buyers and growers by reconnecting people to their land and provided fresh produce.
 
Twin Maples Homestead will be having a tomato-tasting party on September 5, and is inviting the community to taste 17 different heirloom tomatoes.

apprec2 500

Local farmers George and Rita Kelly of Pontiac Lane Garden of Mortons Gap also had a great day.
 
"Today went really well for us. We had a lot of people buy a lot of our stuff. I tried to stay stocked on everything... well what we had available. We really prepared ourselves for this day," said Rita Kelly. "It was a special day and we figured there would be a lot of people, so I spent effort on bringing extra. We saw a lot of people and we met a lot of people - great day overall."
 
Rideout said the event hit the mark in bringing awareness to locally-available fresh foods. "We just want people to come out and support our local economy and support our farmers. That's what we are all about here," he said. "And, eat more pickles."
 
Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Photos Provided by Amber Mena

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

John James Audubon State Park Scheduled Events

HENDERSON, Ky. (8/27/14) — The following events are schedule for August, September and October. Thursday, Aug. 28, 6… Read More

Business Spotlight - First Security Bank

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (8/27/14) — First Security Bank is a 100-year-old bank, which is locally owned and operated.… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 25, 2014 4208

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3792

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3348

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 2833

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2810

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 25, 2014 4208

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2354

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision Near…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
August 25, 2014 2266

Former Co-Workers Trying to Raise Money…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 24, 2014 2255

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Officer Jeff Miller
August 26, 2014 1683

Two People Injured When Vehicle Overturns…

in Top Stories by Matt Sanderson

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 25, 2014 2833

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2810

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
August 25, 2014 2695

GRADD Seeking Ombudsman Program Volunteers

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 26, 2014 1981

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 1676

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 25, 2014 3792

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3348

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 25, 2014 2470

Mustangs Marching Classic

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2380

Job Corp Celebrates 50th Anniversary

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 1715

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06