Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2007

Farmer’s market jumpstarts 2nd season at Kill Creek Farm

July 19, 2007

Ray Bjorgaard's organic tomatoes weren't what he would have liked them to be at the opening night July 11 of Fresh Promises farmer's market at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm.

"The first two plantings were really tough," he said. "Everything froze the first time around. The next tomatoes it rained on them for 10 days."

At least Bjorgaard didn't have to travel far to sell his goods -- he lives less than two miles away from Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm.

Local farmers are what the weekly market is all about, said Darrel Zimmerman, owner of Kill Creek Farm.

"There is a need for both the customers and the farmers that are growing produce to have an opportunity to sell their goods," he said.

More than 200 people stopped by on opening night, which was slow compared to the about 300 people who would show up at a good night last year.

Zimmerman guessed it would be a slower night, so he warned vendors not to bring or make as much as normal.

Cindy Taylor and her husband Robert Taylor with Daisy a Day Bakery in Lenexa returned to the market for their second year selling homemade pies and treats. In the first 14 minutes after the market opened at 5 p.m. all of their baked pies were gone, Cindy Taylor said.

"We didn't bring that many because it was the first night," she said.

Lisa and Rex Ingelse from Olathe brought in their freshly baked bread products made from fresh-milled whole grains. Lisa Ingelse cooks all of her products in her commercial-style kitchen and then sells them to the public.

She brought about 100 items to the first market, although she usually brings about 200.

Lisa said she likes selling at the Fresh Promises market because of the environment.

"We really like just the whole set up," she said.

Robbie Wisdom, Eudora, was one of the few vendors at the market who had non-edible items.

Her hand-woven baskets lined her table in rows, featuring the different designs that she can make.

Wisdom started making her baskets in 1990 with a friend as something fun to do.

"Then I started going to basket seminars and started designing some on my own," she said.

At the end of August, Wisdom will head off to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., where she has sold her baskets since 2003.

Wisdom said she has kept up basket making because she enjoys it.

"I used to say it was my sanity keeper," she said with a laugh.

Zimmerman said he attracted farmers to his market last year by going to different farmer's markets in the area with a flier in hand.

"I wanted people who actually made a reasonable portion of their living selling produce," he said.

Just about every town has a farmer's market anymore, Zimmerman said.

"Usually they're on asphalt or on a parking lot somewhere," he said. "To have a farmer's market on a farm that is something different."

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