Green River Star -

By David Martin

Farmers market begins


Star photo by David Martin

Sarah Van Wagoner wears her Mad Hatter's hat Wednesday as she sells baked goods from her booth, Sarah's Mad Batter.

A familiar sight on Roosevelt Drive returned to Green River last week.

The Green River Farmers Market started its weekly visit last Wednesday. The markets take place every Wednesday from 4 -7 p.m.

According to Jennie Melvin, administrator for the Green River URA/Main Street organization, said many of the same vendors residents have enjoyed shopping from plan to return this year.

The URA/Main Street organization will sell Beehive Cheese to raise funds for its facade improvement program and other favorites such as Styria Bakery from Colorado and Grace Pastures.

For Shannon Campbell at Styria Bakery, Green River is now the only farmers market in Sweetwater County she attends. Campbell, also known by residents as the "Bread Lady" said she's known some people in this area for nearly 20 years and comes to Green River because of those relationships.

"It's about more than just the bread," she said.

While the market features longtime vendors, it has also attracted newcomers as well.

One newcomer is Sarah Van Wagoner, who sells baked goods at her Sarah's Mad Batter booth. Van Wagoner was dressed similarly to the Mad Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland" and with the help of her niece, Reese Van Wagoner, enticed residents to check out her baked goodies.

"It's a good atmosphere here," Sarah said. "The people are very helpful."

She said other vendors helped her set up her booth and were friendly towards her.

This is the first time Sarah has participated in a farmers market. She baked professionally in Utah for eight years prior to moving to Green River, where she started offering her services through the Internet. She said she started thinking about the selling at the farmer's market. By 6 p.m., she was almost completely sold out.

"It's pretty overwhelming how nice everyone is," she said.


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