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Marion County is home to two of the 104 certified farm markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Marion County members are: Serenity Farm Alpacas and Williams Country Market.
In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.
Serenity Farm Alpacas is a breeding, boarding and sales farm open year round on Frogg Lane in Raywick. The on-farm market offers a selection of products made from alpaca fiber including hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and blankets. For more information on Serenity Farm Alpacas visit alpacasatserenityfarm.com, call 270-692-8743, and “like” Serenity Farm – Alpacas on Facebook.
Williams Country Market at 4189 Craintown Road in Gravel Switch features farm fresh produce and locally crafted items. From mid-May to June visit the farm for fresh strawberries and then come out in July for blackberries. Throughout the summer, enjoy a variety of squash, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, and corn, as well as jams, pickles, candy, and craft items. For more information, call Terry Williams at 270-692-2493 and “like” Williams Country Market on Facebook to get weekly updates and market hours.
“The Certified Roadside Farm Market Program partners with our farm market members to educate consumers on the importance of locally grown products including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fiber, and value-added products,” said Mark Haney, president of Kentucky Farm Bureau. “Along with promotional efforts designed to attract consumers, the program also partners with farm market owners to educate the public about the importance of locally-grown and produced products.”
Brochures that list all of the Certified Roadside Farm Markets across the state are available at Kentucky welcome centers, state resort parks, local chambers of commerce/tourism centers and county Farm Bureau offices. Consumers can also go to the 2014 Certified Roadside Farm Market website – kyfb.com/roadside – for a complete list of markets.