Marking the opening of the Whitley County Farmers Market was a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured, from left, is Doug Brown, Whitley County Chamber of Commerce; Chris Lilly, market master; Ryan Daniel, Columbia City mayor; and Chad Eckert, market marketing manager. See Page A5 of Monday's issue for more photos from the marketâ€™s opening day. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.
Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.
Lilly said that although the temperatures werenâ€™t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.
â€śI was very pleased with both the vendor turn out as well as the steady stream of market goers,â€ť Lilly said. â€śI think it is a great indication of how well our community supports the Farmers Market. I am looking forward to the growing awareness of the value in buying quality local products.â€ť
Vendors lined the Whitley County Courthouse to sell a variety of locally-grown and homemade items. Special vendors and featured guests were part of opening day, including Whitley Countyâ€™s Master Gardeners.
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