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Berkeley Springs Farmers Market gets off to a good start

April 28, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Opening day for the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market brought out a decent crowd Sunday despite the drizzly weather.

Larry Lower, market committee president, said about 200 people attended the start of the market's seventh season.

Residents Dallas and Nancy Long wanted to attend opening day, said Nancy Long, who is a local Master Gardener. She spent some time looking at the variety of plants for sale.

Flowering plants, native perennials, salsas, honey, and jams and jellies were just some of the items displayed by the vendors set up on East Fairfax Street, which was closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lower said not all of the 18 vendors this year have fruits and vegetables this early, but some early produce was available, including lettuce and baby greens, bedding plants and herbs, and "most everybody has expanded their business."

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American Confection is a new vendor this year.

Owners Mike and Lisa Wilder had a pretty good day, Mike Wilder said. Lisa Wilder makes large designer sugar cookies, and all but a few of the 200 cookies were sold by noon.

Lisa Wilder is an art teacher at Berkeley Springs High School. All the cookies are fresh, not frozen, she said. Some of the hand-decorated cookies were carrots, stars, birds, teacups and flowers.

"I'm having fun, I love art. It's edible artwork," she said.

Mike Wilder teaches math at Berkeley Springs High School, so his job is to keep the books, Lisa Wilder said.

"For a small community, this is a big market," said resident Norman Dean, a local Master Gardener.

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