Farmer’s Market in LJ to offer wide variety of fresh products

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By Alex Wimsatt

 LEBANON JUNCTION - Though many crops are behind schedule due to the rainy spring, Lebanon Junction recently kicked off its inaugural farmer’s market and despite the relatively limited selection of produce, sellers and customers alike called the first effort a great success.

Lebanon Junction residents Gordon and Aimée Smith went to support local farmers and see what the initiative was all about. Neither left disappointed. 

The couple said they thoroughly enjoyed their experience and Aimée, who purchased some local honey as a home remedy for her allergies, said she and her husband planned to return. 

Gordon Smith said what drew him to the market were the fresh, pesticide and preservative free products. 

Vendors sold everything from fresh herbs, local pork processed by Elizabethtown’s Brother’s BBQ and local honey to homemade preserves and handmade crafts.  

Dayle Eskridge, a Lebanon Junction native who operates Eskridge Farms with his wife Vicki in Buffalo, Ky., had the idea to start the farmers market after noticing Lebanon Junction had no establishments that offered fresh, local products. 

After talking with Lebanon Junction mayor, Butch Sweat, earlier this year, Eskridge began organizing the market with a vision of revitalizing downtown Lebanon Junction and offering local residents quality products. 

“The whole town has pulled together and gotten behind this,” Eskridge said. “I’m very pleasantly surprised... It’s a lot of good people and a lot of good fun.”

Sweat said he was pleased with the event, commenting that he was certain the initiative would grow as word of mouth spread and the market offered more produce.  

“I think it’s really good for the town,” he said. 

Lebanon Junction resident and recreational farmer, Tom Marks, was one of several vendors who joined Eskridge and his wife for the farmer’s market kick off. 

Marks, who nearly sold out of the lettuce, mint, lavender and onions he brought from his five acre Lebanon Junction farm, said he was thrilled to see the market in his hometown. 

Marks said he didn’t become a vendor to make money, he did it to see people come together and share some laughs.

“You’re not going to buy a new car with this...It’s just fun,” he said.

Eskridge said the market’s prices were competitive and in many cases much lower than those at the supermarkets.

Eskridge hopes the market will have more variety in the coming weeks, adding that a wider variety of produce will be available in the coming weeks as more crops come in.

The Lebanon Junction Farmers Market is located downtown on the corner of S. Poplar Street and Main Streets and will be open every Wednesday, 3-7 p.m. through Sept. 7. 

For more information, call (270) 304-6244.