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Rexburg Farmers Market arrives with warmer weather

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The Rexburg Farmers Market opens for the season on Friday, May 11, with a Mother’s Day kickoff complete with crafts and free flowers for the first few women at the market.

Every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. during the market season, a variety of vendors gather on South College Avenue to sell homemade and locally-grown goods at the Rexburg Farmers Market. The market boasts a diverse spread of in-season produce, homemade treats, handmade crafts, flowers, apparel and more.

Jamie Ashcraft, the secretary-treasurer on the Rexburg Farmers Market board of directors, said the market currently has 42 vendors who will take turns at the market to ensure a full market each week.

“This year we have some solid vendors who keep coming back and some new faces, people who want to try new things or start something up,” Ashcraft said.

Maggie Albano, an independent artist, will be a first-time vendor at the market. At her booth will be “handcrafted buttons and prints, as well as art from other independent artists.”

Albano said she joined the market to begin building up a name for her business.

“It’s a safe way to get my feet wet in the world of business and a good way to motivate myself to consistently make art,” Albano said.

The BYU-Idaho Plant Shop will continue their long-running relationship with the market and set up a booth this season. They’ve been with the market since the first market, 10 years ago.

Throughout the season The Plant Shop will sell plants including herbs, bedding plants, air plants, succulents and vegetable starts; produce, including raspberries, golden raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries, white strawberries, apples, peppers and potatoes; and flowers, including cut flowers and bouquets.

Growing produce for the farmers market is a department-wide project. Many gardening classes, from the cut flower class to the edible landscaping class, help to plant and prepare for the market.

Vendors aren’t the only thing the market has to offer. This year there will be five special events, other than the Mother’s Day kickoff, to draw in more of the community. Events include a kids day where they release ladybugs, a summer fair which features extra vendors and a fall festival in September.

Albano said she thinks the market is a great opportunity for the community.

“It’s a way to unify people within a community, (to) create a sense of belonging,” Albano said.

Katie Portz, a farmer’s market manager at The Plant Shop and a junior studying horticulture, said she thinks the market is an opportunity that students are missing out on.

“I’ve noticed families … and young married couples come,” Portz said. “Single students don’t come as often.”

Emilee Tackett, also a farmer’s market manager at The Plant Shop and a junior studying horticulture, said she doesn’t believe a lot of students know about the market.

“People who do know about it … come each week to see what’s new, but it’s the same 10 people,” Tackett said.

Tackett said a market is a community event that should be taken advantage of.

“I think it’s a really cute, cheap date idea,” Tackett said. “There’s … so many fun things and even if you buy it, they don’t cost an arm and a leg. Even just to go and look is a good idea. That’s what I tend to do with my husband.”

Ashcraft said the market is a fun Friday night activity.

“We’ve done a Friday night market forever and it’s more like a date night market than a Saturday market,” Ashcraft said. “It’s a totally different feel than a Saturday morning market. People are done for the week and ready to play and they’re out … not just there to shop for their produce. They’re there to play around and have a good time and taste all the fancy food that we have.”

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