New Oakley Farmers Market opens May 24

The seeds of a good thing: Oakley United Methodist Church Pastor Shelly Webb, right, is starting the new Oakley Farmers Market in partnership with such local growers as Gladheart Farms’ Debbie Weaver, left, with her grandchildren, Hannah and Ben. photo by Gina Smith

In the community-garden area behind Oakley United Methodist Church, a new farmers market is taking root. Pastor Shelly Webb has spearheaded the effort to get it started, saying that a primary goal is offering Oakley families access to affordable, healthy food while supporting local farmers and crafters. Webb also envisions the market as a social hub for the neighborhood, which currently has few gathering spots.

“When I learned that 80 percent of the children of Oakley Elementary School receive some kind of food assistance, I knew that we have an obligation to the welfare of our neighbors,” she said. “I sense that our community seeks to care for one another in real and simple ways.”

With nearly 20 vendors signed up, the Oakley Farmers Market will take place 2-6 p.m. Thursdays starting May 24 behind Oakley United Methodist Church. A grand opening event is planned for Thursday, May 31. Each week, along with a variety of farmers’ products, the market will feature live music, children’s activities and demonstrations.

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