The smell of fresh flowers, produce and pepperoni rolls filled the air in the parking lot of St. Mike’s in Wheeling as the first Farmer’s Market of the season kicked off Saturday morning.
“It’s a beautiful day and we love to support the local community truly, there’s just so many fun things here,” Wave Humay says.
There were plenty of people ready to start their day with by buying from the local growers
“It’s a gorgeous day out, it’s a wonderful way to get outside and it’s a wonderful way to come out and show our support for the local produce,” Robin Galk says. “There’s some delicious bread over there and flowers so we’re really excited to be here.”
It was this kind of enthusiasm led to one of the best openings the Wheeling Farmer’s Market has had in recent memory.
“I couldn’t wait for it to open,” Heidi Sauvageot says. “When I saw it in the news, I said, ‘I have to go,’ and the weather couldn’t be better.”
Milt Gutman said in his five years at the Farmer’s Market he’s been able to see a cross-section of the community and even has seen children grow up as they come back through the years.
“The first market’s always exciting. This year is no exception,” he says. “We’ve had a bigger crowd then we’ve had in past years for the first Market. It’s really a movement that is catching fire. Throughout the country are more popular but here in the Valley, people really appreciate talking to who made the bread, who grew the produce, knowing where it came and knowing what’s in it.”
Rachel and Erica Edinger have been to a few Farmer’s Market and this year the 9 and 11-year-old Granola Girls are selling four different kinds of their own granola.
“It’s really fun because our mom wanted to give us the business experience so we sort of have experience running a business,” Rachel Edinger says.
“We wanted money but we didn’t want it handed to us, we wanted to earn it,”Erica adds.
“We wanted to actually earn money and it’s really fun because everyone here is really nice and all the customers are nice.”
The Wheeling Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of St. Michael’s Parish on National Road.