The Knox County Farmers' Market held its annual Vendor Appreciation Dinner at the Knox County Extension Service in Barbourville on Thursday, March 21. Over 60 people attended the dinner as market vendors, board members, Extension agents and Knox County Judge Executive, Mike Mitchell and his wife, Elisha, celebrated the market's successful first five years and planned for the market's upcoming sixth season. 

The KCFM will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., every Thursday, April 11 through October 31. The market is held rain or shine at its permanent location at the Knox County Extension pavilion located at 215 Treuhaft Blvd in Barbourville, KY. The pavilion is located directly across from the ARH hospital. 
 
The KCFM board and vendors expressed their appreciation to the Knox County Extension Service for hosting the market and for the many amenities their pavilion provides such as ceiling fans, picnic tables, bathrooms, kitchen facilities, vendor water and electrical hookups and safe and accessible parking.

KCFM President, Grant Baker, told the dinner attendees that, "Opening the market earlier in the spring will allow customers to purchase starter plants for their gardens directly from local growers as well as to be able to purchase the early spring crops we are all looking forward to as well as home processed foods and local crafts."

The KCFM is again planning to offer Kentucky Double Dollars to WIC FMNP, Senior FMNP and SNAP participants this summer after the market vouchers have been distributed by the County Health Department. Customers interested in receiving vouchers should contact their county Health department. For more information on the Kentucky Double Dollar Program go to https://kentuckydoubledollars.org/how-to-participate/ .
 
Required WIC and Senior voucher training for market vendors is Monday, April 22 from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Training will cover WIC/SFMNP vouchers as well as Produce Best Practices Training (PBPT) and a brief “table setup tips” presentation. Grant Baker noted that "Support from local sponsors assists the market in providing the required matching funds for the Kentucky Double Dollar grant and is greatly appreciated by the market and its customers." KCFM is accepting new vendors and reminds those interested in selling at the market that the market accepts local hand crafters as well as small producers and that vendors can sell all season long or only on the weeks they have products to offer. 
 
For more information about the market, to find links to KY State Government information on state market guidelines, KY Proud or to download a 2019 KCFM application and market rules go to www.knoxcountymarket.com. Customers can keep up with weekly KCFM news and activities on the market's Facebook page, Knox County Farmers Market.

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