July 14, 2011
Farmers markets are in full swing. Some 30 vendors will ply their fruits, vegetables, and crafts this
evening at Lions Club Park in Leavenworth. But how much has the late spring impacted crops? Is the farmers market
suffering through a slow season?
Market manager Eric Link felt certain sales would be down from
this time last year. But when he crunched the numbers he found the market is right where it ought to be, and has
actually sold about $130 more than this time last year. He said sales have noticeably picked up with cherries
Vendor and market board member Danielle Gibbs of Gibbs Organic Farm said
there have certainly been challenges in this growing season so far, but that there are challenges every year. She
said insects have been the major hassle, and that the cool, damp spring and summer has actually helped her extend
the season on greens, peas, and other early crops.
The problem now is keeping up with all the
harvesting as summer crops begin to ripen. Gibbs estimated her family earns 25% of their income from sales at the
Leavenworth Community Farmers Market, which is open Thursdays from 4-8 in Lion's Club