Mainstreet Pineville (MSP) held their first complete farmer’s market on Thursday — thanks to the cooperation of mother nature.
The event was dampened for the past two weeks with the threat of bad weather and pop up thunderstorms.
Initially the plan was to have local farmers set up each week to sell produce and canned goods while the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY (CRFA)distributed free books and local talent took the stage. The first week only the CRFA was able to participate due to the threat of storms. CRFA volunteers were sheltered from the weather by the awning of the Bell Theater.
MSP Director Jacob Roan cancelled the rest of the farmer’s market that week because vendors and singers would not be sheltered from the weather.
Last week, when storms threatened again, Roan just cancelled the singing portion of the event. Farmers sold their crops and over 100 books were handed out to children.
This week’s event was even more of a success, just as Roan had hoped.
“I look for it to grow every week,” said Roan.
Approximately 100 additional books were handed out to children, farmers sold out of crops — some as quickly as the first half hour and local talents Jade Robertson and Tim Goodin were finally able to take the stage to perform for an ever growing crowd.
The market will continue throughout the summer.
The CRFA will begin handing out books at noon. Farmers set up at 4 p.m. Various local talents will take the stage at 6 p.m.
Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100.