By:  Jana Jones

Farmers Market Manager

This Saturday’s Holiday Market will mark six years that the Johnson County Farmers Market (JCFM) has set up their tents in the downtown parking lot of Mountain City to bring fresh picked local produce to the residents of Johnson County. We are very grateful to Mayor Larry Potter and the County Commissioners for providing this convenient, central space. Saturday, October 28th will be our final farewell to the downtown venue.

Starting November 4, the Winter Farmers Market will be located in the basement of the Welcome Center, and when spring arrives, the JCFM will relocate to Ralph Stout Park for our 2018 outdoor season!
I want to recognize our Charter Members of the JCFM “Friends of the Market” for 2017. These individuals and companies have been instrumental in ensuring the continuation of the quality market our customers have come to know.
The Rancher Level: Farmers State Bank, Johnson County Bank, Dana & Linda Woodard, Dennis Shekinah, and Sonyia & Mike Douglas.The Homesteader Level: Webb & Gloria Griffith, Bob & Linda Carlough, JP Burnham, Trenton & Kay Davis, and Scott Greiber.The Grower Level: Sandi Cranford, Liz Edgar, Suzy Forrester, Pat Heinemann, Bob & Nancy Hulcher, H.R. Fallin, Sharon Genaille, Kevin & Mary Ellen Golding, Bob & Nancy Hulcher, Sonnie & Mike Keefer, Susan Stephan, Nancie Svensen, Denise Thornquest, Janice Ward, and Ashley Worlock.And I couldn’t finish out our outdoor market season without giving a huge shout out to all of our volunteers that keep the market running so smoothly. Susan Kopacka, Sharon Genaille and Jeremy Boulanger for bookkeeping; Mike Keefer, David Jones, and James Smith for helping to set up and tear down the market each and every Saturday; Eric Nordmark for his architectural and engineering expertise with the pavilion project; and Sonnie Keefer, Fran Boyette, Chris Dandurand, Susan Kopacka, Mary Ellen & Kevin Golding, Sita Ogle, Denise DeRibert, Patty Sanfilippo and Wendy Flowers for all of their volunteer hours at the manager’s booth on Saturdays. I will keep you updated over the winter months as to the status of the Rural Development grants and when we can expect to have the ground breaking for the Ralph Stout Park Pavilion which will be the new permanent home for the JCFM. Remember, if you plan to have produce to sell or handmade crafts or homemade food items to sell, feel free to contact us at JohnsonCountyFM@gmail.com and get on our list of vendors. I hope you will join us for our “Farewell to the Courthouse Parking Lot Market Party” this Saturday. We will have over 24 vendors with an array of baked goods, beautiful produce, decorating items, and one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. We’ll have pumpkin painting for the kids, hot apple cider, and live music by “The Broken Road”. The party starts at 9am until noon and you are all invited!