Farmers Market begins Saturday
Vendors will set up near Sparkle Car Wash
Honey, fruits, vegetables and kettle corn are just a few of the locally produced goods that visitors can expect to see when the Fort Dodge Farmers Market begins on Saturday.
The Farmers Market will be set up east of the Sparkle Car Wash, 319 S. 25th St., near Ja-Mar Drive In Restaurant.
Through Oct. 23, the markets will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Kendal Pliner, market manager, will be one of the vendors. He will be selling kettle corn, which he has done for about the past 12 years.
Prior to that, his father, Elmer Pliner, bought a popper.
“My dad bought a regular popper for popping popcorn many years ago for his grandkids,” Kendal Pliner, of Fort Dodge, said. “We did that at the fairgrounds for several years for his grandkids.”
Eventually, Kendal Pliner became interested.
“I liked the kettle corn so started doing kettle corn,” he said. “I’ve got my grandkids helping me now doing kettle corn.”
The Farmers Markets are enjoyable because he can meet people and try local produce.
“It’s fun to meet people,” Kendal Pliner said. “And the tomatoes are good. Once we get sweet corn on it’s a whole lot better. That’s when things really pick up is when we get sweet corn.
“As a vendor I enjoy it because I get to meet people and people are used to coming and getting kettle corn and vegetables and stuff.”
Carol Stripling, of Clare, will be another vendor on hand.
She and her husband, Craig, sell honey and various bee wax products.
It all started for the couple when they retired from teaching at Fort Dodge community schools over 11 years ago.
“We just wanted a hobby and Craig had bees when he grew up, so that’s what we did,” Carol Stripling said. “Craig is the bee man.”
She said they have about 100 hives on their property. The market offers a chance to meet new people and share their products.
“It’s a good outlet for our honey and we get to meet a lot of people and see a lot of our friends that come to the market,” she said.
Stripling anticipates a variety of products being available at the market including: fresh farm eggs, jewelry, fruits, vegetables, jams and wine.
“We are hoping for a big crowd this year and that people are ready to get out and get their local produce and local items in our area,” Stripling said.