Holiday Happenings 2019: Holiday Farmers’ Market celebrates 30 years

photo by: Mike Yoder

Jennifer Schwering, Lawrence, picks out some decorated gourd Christmas tree ornaments at the Pendleton’s Country Market booth at the 2008 Holiday Farmers’ Market at Knights of Columbus Hall.

Now in its 30th year, the Lawrence Holiday Farmers’ Market will soon bring dozens of vendors to the DoubleTree hotel.

And while the season for fresh produce may be over, Lawrence Farmers’ Market manager Brian McInerney said there will be something for everyone at the market, scheduled for Dec. 14.

The holiday market is an opportunity for the more than 60 vendors to switch gears and sell different kinds of products than they normally would, McInerney said. That includes homemade wreaths, ornaments, baked goods, metal designs, body care products, wine and knitted designs. Hot breakfast and lunch options will also be available throughout the day, according to the Lawrence Farmers’ Market website.

McInerney said the market has grown into a community staple over the past 30 years.

“Once established, the Holiday Market proved to be more than a place for shopping,” McInerney said. “It became an event for buying the most unique foods, enjoying live music and finding the most elaborate holiday decorations.”

photo by: John Young

Topeka based musician Robert Wolfersberger played his saxophone to provide holiday music at the 2014 Holiday Farmer’s Market at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 200 McDonald Drive.

Many of the vendors who participate in the farmers market during the growing season will also be at the Holiday Market, including Pendleton’s Country Market, Avery’s Produce, Homestead Ranch, Red Tractor Farm, Mellowfields Farm, Sweetlove Farm and Flory Family Farms.

The Holiday Market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the DoubleTree hotel, 200 McDonald Drive.


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