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Morgantown Farmer’s Market thriving in 13th year

Daily Athenaeum photo by Andrew Spellman A local band plays at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market.
Daily Athenaeum photo by Andrew Spellman
A local band plays at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Morgantown Farmers Market has been allowing local farmers to share what they love with the Morgantown community since 2002.

Located on Spruce Street in downtown Morgantown, the market features a variety of home grown and homemade products. The market is open every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. from now until November 1.

The market also features live music and is West Virginia’s first solar market. It is housed under a solar power pavilion, giving the market its own renewable energy source. The pavilion also helps to benefit the community with options such as electric cars there.

Justine Stewart, a farmer from Pentress, West Virginia, has been selling at the market since 2006. She brings items like produce, garlic, greenhouse plants and cut flowers to sell.

“Oh I think it is great, I just think it is a lot of fun and it is really social,” Stewart said. “It is just real nice.”

Stewart said she believes the new pavilion has really helped business and brought more people out.

“We are busy now and we are getting busier, the pavilion has helped,” Stewart said. “Putting the market pavilion up, I think people now know we are here, so that has made it a little better too.”

Stewart said one of the best aspects is the convenience the market gives her. Being able to focus on growing and farming, her passions, has been one of the best parts of a set and successful market.

“I like coming, bringing my best stuff, putting it out for four hours and then just heading home where I can focus on my work,” she said. “We used to have retail hours, which was a lot harder. This is all just a lot nicer.”

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