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Three more Thursdays for farmers market

September 21, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Thursday afternoon Farmers Market has been so successful that it's being extended three additional weeks by the Town of Bath.

The market's last day will be Thursday, Oct. 25, instead of Oct. 4 and will continue to be set up on the southwest side of Fairfax Street, next to Berkeley Springs State Park. It is open from 3 to 6 p.m.

Larry Lower, the market coordinator, requested the additional weeks from the Bath Town Council, and it was approved at Tuesday night's meeting.

"It has become more successful than anticipated," Lower said.

The 13-week market was an experiment to see if there was interest from customers to purchase produce during the week.

Opening day was July 12, and more than 200 people have attended the Thursday market each week, and they are local, repeat customers, he said.

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The Sunday Farmers Market is in its sixth year and is a big tourist draw, Lower said, while the Thursday market customers are mainly local residents and many shop on their way home from work.

April Michael said she lives in Berkeley Springs and shops at the market for produce every Thursday.

"Our local restaurants have been good supporters of the Thursday market," Lower said.

Lower said in addition to locally grown produce, cut flowers, plants, jams and jellies, and baked goods, next year's Thursday market will include a vendor who will have poultry, lamb and fresh eggs.

Martha Ray and her husband have a cabin in Great Cacapon, W.Va., and have been coming to the area for 18 years. They drove into Berkeley Springs to shop at the market on Thursday.

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