Panora's farmers market open through mid-September
Wed, 08/22/2018 - 12:14 admin
Gordon Castile Times Vedette Staff
The sign says Square Fridays, which means it’s held on Fridays on the Panora city square. It began May 5 and will end September 14.
Whatever they’re called, farmers markets are probably the world’s oldest means of commerce — one producer offering the fruit of their labor in the public arena.
Last Friday, five vendors offered their products under the shade of maple and elm trees on the square. Usually there’s several more, according to retired school teacher Joanne Zieser
who helps supervise the weekly event.
She said the summer has been “so-so — some days good and some bad.”
Four of the Friday vendors were retired individuals wanting to keep productive and supplement their income.
“I retired and needed something to do,” said Debra Brauckman at her seed bead jewelry display, “and it deeps me out of trouble.”
Jim and Becky Scott worked at care facilities before retiring. They live on an acreage five miles north of Guthrie Center where they raise Angus beef that is butchered at Anita
and sold at farmers markets in Stuart and Panora or out of their home. It’s not always a bed of roses.
“One week we sold only three packages of meat,” said Becky Scott.
“I’ve been doing it for so long, I can’t remember how long,” said Nancy Moore, who offered vegetables and baked goods for sale. She recalled this is the second time the market has been on the city square, having been located at Historical Village at one time.
Zieser, who had baked goods and vegetables for sale with daughter Sheri Wetzel, said buyers currently are wanting to buy tomatoes most of all.
Vendors are people persons. Other than revenue, this is why they sell at farmers markets -- to be around people.
“I enjoy watching and meeting the people,” said Brauckman, who drives from Minburn because she likes it better here and has relatives in the area.
Though it gets harder each year — “I don’t enjoy the loading and unloading” — Zieser has another reason for keeping the market going. It’s a certified market, meaning seniors and others can receive public aid to purchase fruits and vegetables. This benefits both the consumer and vendor, said Zieser.
She’s been a vendor a long time.
The Scotts have been selling beef for 25 years. Their acreage is only 10 acres with some pasture, so they have to buy other feed for the livestock.
Another vendor was Early Morning Harvest, a rural Panora business that had vegetables and herbs for sale.
Linda Clark was present with two granddaughters raising funds to help children in Africa. Someone asked if they were her daughters.
“That was the nicest compliment I’d had all day,” she smiled.
Usually the market has live entertainment. This week it was Paul Hawkins and guitar doing country oldies and rock and roll.
Barb Wollner also helps supervise the farmers market in Panora.