The Washington Farmers’ Market will reopen for the 2018 season this Saturday, April 14.

The market first got started in July of 1990.

The market will be open every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Amanda Griesheimer, marketing director for the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber operates the covered market which is located at 317 W. Main St. in Downtown Washington.

The market’s opening was postponed from last Saturday due to the weather.

“We will be excited to be there in above-freezing weather,” Griesheimer said. “We will have the WingNut Food Truck on site for lunch Saturday.”

The Farmers’ Market will feature upward to 30 to 40 vendors with in-season fresh produce, plants, baked goods, meat, eggs and jams. Crafters also will be there selling handmade goods.

The market is “growers only,” meaning only produce that is in season in Missouri will be sold each week.

“We also are a local market, so our vendors have to be from Franklin or an adjoining county to participate,” Griesheimer noted.

Applications for new vendors are still being accepted. Those interested should contact Griesheimer at the Chamber office or email info@washmomarket.com.

Sprouts Kids Club

The Sprouts Kids Club for children ages 3-10 will return this year and will get started in May.

“The goal of the club is to introduce children to a variety of fresh, local produce while encouraging families to shop at the Washington Farmers’ Market,” Griesheimer said.

Parents can register their children to be members of the Sprouts Kids Club during market hours.

“Children can then check in at the Sprouts table each market day and receive $2 in sprout tokens, which can only be used for fresh produce from a market vendor,” Griesheimer said. “Tokens can be spent immediately, saved for a larger purchase, or combined with siblings’ or friends’ tokens for a larger purchase.”

Purchases can only be made by the Sprout member, she said. Adults cannot make purchases with the tokens and may not pick up tokens from the Sprouts table for children.

Griesheimer said volunteers are still needed to work the Sprouts registration table.

For more information on vendor permits and kids club, visit www.washmomarket.com or call 636-239-2715, ext. 106.