Veg Out

Farmers Market set to return for summer

Tomatoes right off the vine, zucchini with the dirt still clinging, onions, potatoes, squash ... There's nothing like fresh produce.

And that's what keeps the people coming back to the Camp Verde Farmers Market. For the third year, the town ramada on Hollamon Street offers space for local growers to sell their wares every Saturday morning starting June 30.

The ramada has 18 tables already place and can add more down the center aisle.

"We can take up to 25 vendors easily," said Diane Scantlebury, a volunteer market co-manager with Denise Gould for the Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department.

Already, 18 vendors have signed up. Others can pick up an application at the Parks & Rec office, along with a copy of the market rules.

It is a marketplace for produce, plants, prepared food and a limited number of crafts. The craft vendors, Scantlebury said, are restricted to five.

"For every grower, we would have 20 craftspeople," she said.

Because of this, the market coordinators have a staggered schedule for craft vendors every four weeks. So five crafters can sell for four weeks, and another five come in to sell the next four weeks. There is currently one craft opening for the first four weeks.

"We're committed to a produce-based market," Scantlebury said. "There are lots of other places where people can sell crafts."

The Farmers Market runs through Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday.

For more information, contact the town's Parks & Recreation office at 567-0535.

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