The Mason County Farmer’s Market is open for business this season in its 50th year.
The Farmer’s Market, located in the Tractor Supply parking lot, had its opening day on Saturday, May 26.
Cucumber plants, peppers, cooked food, drinks and free smoothies were some of the many items offered at the opening day.
Eric Keef, Chairman of the Mason County Farmer’s Market, said that it’s all about getting healthy, chemical free food to the public.
“There’s four of us who grow organically,” Keef said. “We’re not certified organic yet but we’re in the process.”
Keef said that they grow all natural food without the use of chemicals.
“We all believe in getting better quality food to people,” Keef said. “There’s got to be a reason for these cancers, autism and weirs things that happen to people every day.”
Keef said that health comes back to the chemicals that are put into our bodies. He said that chain grocery stores are fine operations, but that you can’t be sure what’s in your food.
“You don’t know what’s been injected, what’s been put on it while it was growing or after it’s been growing,” Keef said.
Keef also said there are other benefits of buying local.
“Everybody’s talking about the carbon footprint,” Keef said. “You figure the fuel it takes to get those vegetables from South America or California to here. It only costs me a dollar in gas to come from Lewisburg to here.”
The Mason County Farmer’s Market will be open every Tuesday from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They will be open on those days until the last week of October, according to Keef.
Other area farmer’s markets include:
Lewis County – Tuesday and Saturdays 8 a.m. until sell out beside BeeMart south of Vanceburg.
Fleming County – Tuesday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fleming County Extension Office parking lot
Bracken County – Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Courthouse lawn in Brooksville.
Brown County, Ohio – Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., South Main Street in Georgetown.
Adams County, Ohio – Wednesdays noon to 6 p.m., Keim’s Family Market, Seaman.