Warren County High School FFA students had their pick of a variety of produce, sweets and plants at their mini farmers market on Thursday.
Business continues to grow for students who move in on Thursdays. Once word of their mini farmers market spread, many took the opportunity to support local farmers and buy some fresh produce or a treat.
“We’ve been quite busy this morning, but I will say last week we had the busiest first day we’ve ever had. We’ve done this pre-COVID and this is the first time we’ve done it. again since,” said FFA adviser Danielle Smith.
Haley Smith was selling homemade pies and most of her table was bought up within the first hour. She started making pies when she opened a strawberry field a few years ago and has since started making apple, cherry and blueberry pies.
Erin McBride is the greenhouse manager during the school year and she sells additional plants she has grown in the greenhouse, including succulents, sweet potato plants, lemongrass, pintos, and spider plants. Her secret to keeping plants alive is knowing when to water them.
“If you don’t have a good greenhouse sprinkler and you don’t know when to water them, they will die,” McBride said.
Walt Jones has 4 acres of corn on his farm and he brings the cobs and sells them at the mini farmers market. Kaden Rucker has five gardens and grows just about everything. He grows corn, okra, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, cucumbers, beans, potatoes and white sweet potatoes in his gardens. . Rucker was only selling squash, zucchini and cucumbers last Thursday.
FFA students can keep all the money they make at this farmers market and Smith says it’s a good way for them to gain experience and show off what they’ve been working on.
“It’s a good way for them to show what they’re doing,” Smith said.
They will be installed every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through the end of the summer at the Warren County High School barn located behind the high school baseball field.