Farmers market starts in Brandon

July 13, 2018

Brandon shoppers now have a new option for farm-fresh produce and other locally made items.

Julie Lanoue organized the weekly Brandon Farmers Market, which is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays  in the parking lot of Gypsy Trading Co., 515 N. Splitrock Blvd.

She originally was interested in being a vendor at a market but found out that while one had been tried in Brandon before, it hadn’t continued.

“There was a lot of feedback from people interested in having one again,” she said.

Gypsy Trading owner Ellison Cutrer offered her parking lot, and Lanoue decided to try it.

“We have had a lot of great feedback and a steady increase in customers and vendors each week as the word spreads,” she said. “Our goal is to provide a place for farmers, gardeners and businesses to bring their products and where customers can come and get a wide selection of locally grown and handmade items.”

Each week has drawn eight to 12 vendors, with products including beef, pork, goat, lamb, cheese, honey, produce, homemade bath products, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, local photography and potted plants.

“Our vendors take pride in their products and enjoy visiting with customers and explaining how their product is grown or made,” Lanoue said.

Fundraising groups and young entrepreneurs also have sold items with a portion of sales going to nonprofit organizations.

Vendors can contact brandonsdfarmersmarket@gmail.com for information. Local musicians and fundraising groups also are invited to reach out, Lanoue said.

The market will run through at least the end of September and possibly include a fall event in October.

Farmers market starts in Brandon

Brandon shoppers now have a new option for farm-fresh produce and other locally made items.

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