Farmer’s market expands hours

Published 6:45 am Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fresh, local produce fills the stalls at the local farmer's market, which is now open three days a week.

The Pioneer Farmers Market is in full swing and will now be open three days a week. The market is located in the back parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Troy and will be open at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 7 a.m. on Saturdays.

Pam Sanders, market manager, said already there is a good variety of produce available at the Pioneer Farmers Market and at good prices.

The Berry Patch is back again as a regular producer at the market. On Tuesday, Cliff Boutwell said The Berry Patch quickly sold out of blueberries but will have a “ton” of blueberries on Saturday.

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“We’ll also have red and black raspberries, plums and peaches from Chilton County,” he said.

Ward’s produce ha

d a wide variety of vegetables on Tuesday including sweet corn, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, bell peppers, cabbage, snap beans and zucchini.

Collins Produce featured cucumbers, green tomatoes, corn, new potatoes, onions, squash and Sugar Baby watermelons.

“All in all, we had a good opening Tuesday,” Sanders said. “We’ll have an even larger selection on Thursday and Saturday. In addition to all what was at Tuesday’s market, we’ll have turnips, collards, beets, carrots and lettuce and maybe some ripe tomatoes. We had green tomatoes today (Tuesday) but shoppers are ready for some good, homegrown tomatoes and we hope to soon have them.”

Sanders said that the Farmers Nutrition Program vouchers have been mailed and everyone is reminded that they may be redeemed at the Pioneer Farmers Market.

“We have our website up and I’m going to try to keep it up dated so shoppers will know what our producers will have on each market day,” she said. “Just check with us at”