Graham Farmers Market draws crowds in first month

The Graham Farmers Market began last month and at its location on the intersection of 4th and West St. business has been booming for the vendors each Saturday.

The Graham Conventions and Visitors Bureau was instrumental in forming the Graham Farmers Market Association which started having meetings in November and has met monthly according to Vice President Tommy Morath. CVB Manager Jenea Knight said the first farmers market in May was incredibly well received by the community.

“I would say our first weekend we were open we had anywhere from 400 to 500 people attend, you know, community members coming by and participating, and so it’s been a great turnout,” she said. “The committee has been very supportive, which we love, and so because of that we feel that it will be continued success of the market.”

The location of the farmers market on intersection of 4th and West St. was decided on by the committee who got permission from the city to sell in the location last year, Morath said. The market will be held at the same location every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon until Aug. 25, with the exception of this Saturday the location will be at the parking lot by the The Rock on 300 Elm St., because the original location was interfering with the location of the Possum Pedal bike ride.

Currently the Farmers Market board is made up of seven members which are President Philip Gough, Vice President Morath, Market Manager Karen Pratt, Secretary Knight, and three directors which are John Paclik, Laura Stephens and Jarod Cook. Knight said the members who are a part of the board were local venders who had an interest in the market.

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