Farmers Come To Market This Saturday
The Wheeling Farmers’ Market is ready to open with in-season fruits and vegetables, baked goods, potted plants and fine pottery starting Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church parking lot on National Road.
The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and Charlie Schlegel from Ye Olde Alpha in Wheeling will be cooking live with farm-fresh ingredients from 10 a.m. to noon.
The Elm Terrace Shopping Center market will begin July 5 and run on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m.
Market organizer Mick Luber said there are a lot of additional activities planned during the year: guest chefs, craft shows, book signings and children’s programs are some examples. The community is welcome on Saturday mornings to help support local farmers, bakers and potters.
The farmers this year are Bill Bertram, heirloom tomatoes; Luber, certified organic vegetables; Milt Gutman, potatoes and more; Dave Watkins and Josh Fluharty, naturally grown produce; and Lynn Moore. In season right now are green onions and garlic, greens such as kales and chards, spinach and lettuce.
Katie and Kevin Howard will be providing grass-fed beef, pork and chicken, along with goat milk soaps.
Nora, Erica and Rachel Edinger — The Granola Girls — will have 10 blends of granola that are lower in sugar and salt than commercial granola. Eleane and Sam Jackson from Eleane’s Kitchen will have cinnamon rolls and Greek pastries, made from scratch. Megan McKinney will have nut rolls and specialty breads. Gutman will have English muffin bread and pepperoni rolls. Luber will have Wood Street Breads, challah, whole wheat, french and more. Moore will have cookies and turnovers.
Ed Stout will have flower and vegetable plants along with hanging baskets. Debbie and Charlie Brown, who are new this year, will have Hypertufu pots with succulent and flower arrangements. Robert Martin will have his wood-fired pottery along with flower arrangements. Ron Klug will have potted plants.
Local honey will be provided by John and Gail Welty. Zeb Bites will have all-natural dog treats.
“The plan this year is to have chefs twice a month, a craft show once a month and a lot of fun in between,” Luber said. “So bring the family and come share locally produced goods and rub shoulders with your neighbors on Saturday mornings or Wednesday afternoons.”