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Fremont County farmer’s market makes its way indoors starting this Saturday

Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 10:41 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Fremont County Master Gardeners and Fremont Local Food put on farmer’s markets to last from the spring, on through the winter.

The outdoor summer farmer’s markets came to a close last night, but this weekend, you will find the Little Wind Center building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds full of locally grown goods.

“It’s very important because as you see, we’re getting more and more vendors every year. The customers are getting dependent on local food. This thing needs to be generated all year long. We’re going to transition now into the winter mode, and hopefully someday we’ll go to an indoor market and have a full time, year round local foods venue," stated Jack Schmidt, member of Fremont Local Foods.

The Fremont Local Foods group organizes the Wednesday night markets at Riverton City Park. Schmidt hopes for more younger people to become involved in organizing the group so it can continue to thrive. However, he estimates 25-40% more in vendor participation and total sales than last year.

“There’s a very viable market out there and if people want to become small time farmers, it’s a really good time to do it, because people want to buy what you do. There’s lots of organizations, a lot of things going on right now for that local food, so if you want to get your hands in the dirt, it’s a really good time to do it,” added Schmidt.

The Fremont County Master Gardeners organize the Saturday morning summer market at City Hall, and also the winter market.

“What we have going on with today’s problems, people are seeing what effect national shutdowns have. I think the more we can depend on our local folks, the money stays in the community plus we know where the food’s coming from,” emphasized Ernie Schierwagen, president of Fremont County Master Gardeners.

The winter farmer’s market will be every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Little Wind Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

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