Weekday farmers market opens in Berkely Springs

July 13, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - You don't have to wait until Sunday to get locally grown produce, cut flowers, plants, jams and jellies and baked goods.

The Thursday Berkeley Springs Farmers Market opened for the first time on a weekday, and will be open every Thursday through Oct. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Vendor booths were set up on the southwest side of Fairfax Street, next to the Berkeley Springs State Park.

Larry Lower, the market coordinator, said "we had five vendors today, and we are working on adding more."

More than 200 people attended, he said.

"The focus is on summer produce and cut flowers, and we are hoping people come down to get their produce and to shop in the local stores," Lower said.

Thirteen town shops are offering discounts to the market buyers, he said.

Lexa VanDoren Kirk, owner of Secret House Farm in Great Cacapon, W.Va., had cut flowers and herbs, which are grown organically, she said.


She and her husband spent their honeymoon in West Virginia and decided to move here from Chicago to start a flower farm.

Kirk said she is a former landscape and garden designer, and this is her third season with the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market.

Lower said the Sunday market is in its sixth season and is open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 28.

"On Sunday, we have a good mix of locals, weekenders and tourists, and the Thursday market is serving our local residents, plus the tourists visiting Berkeley Springs," he said.

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