The Hope Farmers Market held its last market session of the summer season this morning at the Hub in downtown Hope. This Market season was dedicated to rebuilding because of last year’s closure during the pandemic, and these folks met expectations and then some. Market manager Deanna Gilbert says she is more than pleased with how this season turned out. “I am so proud of what the Hope Farmers’ Market has accomplished,” said Gilbert. “We met our goals to rebuild, we did some great things with our Farm to School program, and we were able to get returning plus new vendors to join the Market. We hope to continue that growth into the next season.”
Hosting the Hospitality Table was the Hope Downtown Network. Bob Erwin, Downtown Network Board Member, said the organization was excited to participate in the Hope Farmers’ Market. “We always enjoy coming to the Market,” said Erwin. “We are happy to see how much it has grown, and we feel honored to be the last guest of the season.” Erwin and other Downtown Network members were on hand to dole out tasty treats and visit with market patrons.
Even though it’s the end of the season, the vendors continued their efforts by putting out a great spread for shoppers. David Langston had his jams and jellies for customers and Aunt Fern brought her scrumptious fried pies. Plus, Young Sprouts and Bright Family Farms brought the last of their fresh goodies and homemade items. This summer season has seen an array of amazing produce and homemade products that will definitely be an incentive for shoppers to return next season. More than anything though, each participant will take with them memories and friendships. With vendors returning each week to sell their wares, local businesses hosting the Hospitality Table to hand out treats, and customers attending for shopping and conversation, a unique network of community-minded citizens was formed. As this interesting combination of local folks finished out their day, they shared a common sentiment: they had a great season at the Hope Farmers’ Market and they all look forward to what comes next! Until next year!