City Park market returns next week

May 12, 2020 Sherry Shelley

Next week marks the opening of the Wednesday Farmers Market at Riverton City Park, starting at 5 p.m. and running until 7 p.m. That's Wednesday, May 20.

Shoppers will find a variety of foods, from early lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, and asparagus to a wide variety of baked goods, pickles, jams and jellies, milk, butter, eggs, and soft cheeses and local honey.

Cornerstone vendors include Ernie Schierwagen/Tom Erhart, Gold Standard Farm and Ranch, Ballou's 7 Ht Brands, Carleson's Sage Valley Farms, Lakeview Gardens, Lost Wells Cattle Co., and J Wyatt's Cheesecake.

Other popular offerings include fresh cinnamon rolls, home-baked cookies, breads and pies, handcrafted wooden décor, Wyoming wind chimes, smoked cheeses, Wisconsin maple syrup, and goat milk soaps.

The variety is impressive.

To accommodate new rules to protect both shoppers and vendors, the market will be organized differently this year, with some vendors on the cement pad, some arranged beside their parked cars along Fremont Avenue, and many others spread out on the grass.

Vendors will be bagging produce and other purchases for each shopper, to minimize handling of merchandise.

Vendors will be sanitizing their hands and work surfaces frequently and customers will be encouraged to keep six feet from others (except immediate family).

Both shoppers and vendors are encouraged to wear masks, for their own protection and for the people around them.

Wearing a mask conveys the message that we are all in this together and the wearer cares about your health. Recent studies also indicate a mask may protect the wearer, too.

Both Riverton markets, Wednesday in City Park and Saturday in front of City Hall, are important to our local economy.

Studies show that money spent in local businesses circulates seven times through the community before it leaves.

That is a huge benefit to our family farms, home cooks and crafts people and helps everyone who lives in Riverton.

In this time of uncertainty, some foods may be more difficult to get in coming months. Your farmers markets can help bridge that potential gap.

For more information, or to sign up to sell at the market, please call me or others listed here: Sherry Shelley 851-7162, Kim Briddle 851-8712, Jack Schmidt 349-4646, or Steve Doyle 857-7090.

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