Wind River Farmer’s Market seeing an increase in participation since reopening

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 11:13 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Wind River Farmer’s Market has seen an increase in vendors and customers since reopening according to the market manager, Rhonda Bowers. The market closed due to COVID concerns for a short time, and Bowers said on a typical night at the market, it was typical to see about 29 people. Since they re-opened they had 60 the first night, with only three vendors on site. The vendors ended up faring quite well, as each one was sold out of their inventory on that summer evening.

The market received permission from the council to hold the market outside for the time. As the weather gets colder, they are hoping to receive approval from the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council to hold the market indoors through the winter. Bowers noted each market is different, but some of the typical fare one can expect to enjoy are tacos, chicken fried steak, vegetables, jams, jellies, fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, italian sodas, as well as arts and crafts.

When asked about the popularity of the market, Bowers noted it’s possible people enjoy the prices and availability of the foods at the market. “When the grocery stores are not always stocked, they usually find what they need at the market. It also has to do with the price at the store, because at the market it’s usually cheaper and less expensive. It all varies, we could have the same price, but ours probably looks better, it just depends.”

For now the market is located in Fort Washakie at the Frank Wise building parking lot on Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

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