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Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market opens Saturday

In this photo taken in Fall 2010, Kitty Glass of Whispering Cedars Farms lines up her mums in the early morning light at the Lawrence Farmers' Market. On Saturday, the market will open for its 35th year. Producers will be selling goods in the 800 block of New Hampshire from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In this photo taken in Fall 2010, Kitty Glass of Whispering Cedars Farms lines up her mums in the early morning light at the Lawrence Farmers' Market. On Saturday, the market will open for its 35th year. Producers will be selling goods in the 800 block of New Hampshire from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

April 7, 2011

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April is considered to be the soft opening of the Saturday market. May is the grand opening with the arrival of two weekday markets.

From April through the end of September, the Saturday market will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. In October, the hours shift from 8 a.m. to noon. The Saturday market ends on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Both the Tuesday market, in the 1000 block of Vermont Street, and the Thursday market, 4932 W Sixth St., are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and run from the first week of May to the end of October.

Visitors to this year’s Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market should expect to see some new vendors and products, from dog treats to blueberry bushes.

At 7 a.m. Saturday, the market, in the 800 block of New Hampshire, will officially begin its 35th year.

A record number of vendors asked to sell at the market this year, market coordinator Tom Buller said. In fact, some vendors had to be turned away.

“It’s a commentary on the historic success of the market,” Buller said. “We get a lot of interest from people over a wide area of northeast Kansas. Lawrence has a very successful farmers’ market and word gets out.”

Combined, the Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday markets will have a total of about 100 vendors.

Throughout the year, shoppers should expect to see about 15 to 20 new vendors. Many of them will be selling prepared food, such as baked goods, soups, sandwiches, flavored sodas and even dog treats.

There also will be more fruit and vegetable growers; one in particular will be selling blueberries and blueberry bushes.

While the market staples of fresh tomatoes and sweet corn won’t be available for a couple of months, there will be plenty of greens for sale this time of year.

Buller expects there to be lettuce, spinach, salad mixes, green onions, eggs and meat.

“I’m always surprised by the first day of market. You never know what people will bring,” Buller said.

If temperatures are in the 80s and rain holds off until the evening (as the National Weather Service is predicting), then Buller anticipates about 30 vendors Saturday.

April is considered to be the soft opening of the Saturday market.

May is the grand opening with the arrival of two weekday markets.

From April through the end of September, the Saturday market will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. In October, the hours shift from 8 a.m. to noon. The Saturday market ends on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Both the Tuesday market, in the 1000 block of Vermont Street, and the Thursday market, 4932 W. Sixth St., are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and run from the first week of May to the end of October.

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Kris Adair 3 years, 8 months ago

We plan to b e there. Audrey has been asking about the market for weeks now.

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