So… I moved back to Athens – my home town area. Anyone who has followed my farm journey know this. Since moving here, I’ve been able to reconnect with folks I haven’t talked to in over 35 years; one being our current Mayor. Some time in early April (I think, time is a blur), he reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in getting a farmers market going in Athens. Of course – I said yes. I started working on the details of a vendor agreement and planning what our market would be. Small town or not – I wanted to make sure we followed all the “rules” as it relates to running our market. I also needed to make sure the city wouldn’t face any significant risks from our little market. So… all that was done and I began soliciting vendors for our market. I have found this to NOT be an easy task…. But I carry on.
We’re the only one in Menard County. We are open on Wednesdays – which, in true mean mother nature style – she’s ensured we’ve had icky weather all three Wednesdays the market has been open. Grrrr! But, our Mayor is AWESOME! When we asked about being inside city hall vs outside in the park – he immediately said yes. So… not only do we have the only Farmers Market in Menard county – we have an INDOOR market. Which means vendors and customers get to stay comfortable and dry no matter what mother nature throw at us!