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After having to postpone the opening day for Farmington’s Farmers Market last weekend due to unseasonably cold weather, it will open for the 2018 season this Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

According to Larry Bleckler, a local farmer who has been a part of the farmers market for 12 years and currently serves as its president, the fear was that the wintry weather forecast was going to be much too cold for the farmers, their crops and the customers who shop the locally-grown produce and other items on VFW Post 5896’s parking lot at 814 E. Karsch Boulevard in Farmington.

“Temperatures were expected to be around freezing and the plants couldn't take it,” he said. "It’s just too cold for people to be out unless they have to."

Blecker began selling produce at the farmers market about three years after it started and over the years has made lots of friends with customers and his fellow vendors, many of whom have been coming there at least as long as he has.

“I’ve met a lot of good people through the years,” he said. “It’s really grown too. This year we’ve got 30 vendors. On average we have 20 to 26 vendors there every Saturday. We’ve gotten a few new ones in the past year or two, but mostly they’re the same ones that have been there.”

Bleckler explained that farmers markets are becoming increasingly popular as consumers increasingly prefer fresh off-the-farm products to serve their families.

“It’s all locally grown,” he said. “There’s virtually no chemicals used. Almost everybody tries to just use natural stuff.”

Beginning Saturday, the Farmington Farmers Market will be held each Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon through October. Starting May 2, it will also be open from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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