The Washington Farmers’ Market will open for the season this Saturday, April 12, at 8 a.m.
There are several changes to the market this year, according to Amanda Griesheimer, Washington Area Chamber of Commerce marketing director.
The Chamber operates the Farmers’ Market, which is located at 317 W. Main St. in Downtown Washington.
This year, the market will close one hour earlier, at 1 p.m. each week.
There also will no longer be a market on Wednesdays this season.
Griesheimer said the market season will end in October.
In years past, the market was open Saturdays only through May and Wednesdays and Saturdays through December.
Griesheimer said the primary reason for the change was that there were few vendors who could sell items on Wednesday market days.
In the winter months, there isn’t as much produce available, she said, and traffic wasn’t as heavy.
“We will still do a special order day where people can order baked foods for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Griesheimer, adding that an all-day Christmas bazaar also is in the works. The bazaar will be held indoors.
So far, there are 38 confirmed vendors for this season.
Griesheimer said there are usually around 45 to 50 vendors by the end of the season and that the market should be full again this year.
There are several new vendors this year, including for produce, baked goods, cards and specialty items.
Other items to be offered will include potted plants, bedding plants, homemade craft items, decorative items, jams and jellies, jewelry, meat and other items.
Griesheimer said she is working to get the website, washmomarket.com, updated with vendors’ information and items they are selling.
This year, Griesheimer said the layout of the market also has been reworked.
“We tried to make it a little more produce friendly,” she said, adding that spaces under the market have been reserved for produce vendors.
The opening will coincide with the Main Street BBQ and Bluesfest sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc.
Griesheimer said spaces for vendors are still available.
Those interested in selling items at the market may contact Griesheimer, 636-239-2715, extension 106.
Vendors must be from Franklin or an adjoining county. Additionally, all items must be handmade, homegrown or home baked.
Vendor guidelines and other information are online, at washmomarket.com, or on facebook.