A day at the farmer’s market

For the 5th season, Chester Farmer’s Market opened for business last Saturday. Market organizers welcomed over ten vendors and 100s of patrons to the Village Green.

Chester Farmer’s Market offers a wide variety of vendors, ranging from plants and spices to grass-fed beef and free-range chickens to soaps and jewelry.

“We’re still waiting on our vegetable vendors,” market manager Nicole Jordan said. “It’s still too early in the season.”

Most of the vendors have been with the market since the beginning.

“I used to live in Chester and loved coming to the market,”  Kristie Hamilton said, owner of Elim Springs Farm and organic meat vendor. “Now were a vendor and have several repeat customers and old friends who support us.”

Hamilton firmly believes in natural and organic ways of raising cattle and chickens. Her farm in Amelia raises grass-fed beef and free-range chickens.

Hamilton has been a vendor at the Chester Farmers Market for four years.

“Chester Farmer’s Market is the first place we wanted to start selling our products,” Hamilton said. “It was like coming home.”

Hamilton and her husband started their farm about four years ago after reading Joel Salatin’s book about his Polyface Farm. The book inspired them to do their part in making naturally raised beef and chicken more accessible to communities. Now, Elim Spring Farm produces beef, chicken, eggs and milk.

Hamilton says she will always be at the Chester Farmer’s Market but during the off season Elim Springs Farm’s products can be found at the Herb Closet on Iron Bridge Road.

VENDORS:
Garden Plants
Beauty Products-Handmade Soaps
Flags
Organogold Coffee
Bake Goods
Handmade Necklaces
Herbs-Fragrances-Garden Items
Handmade Soaps
Handmade Cards
Jewelry
Eggs-Meat
Backyard Bouquets
Flowers

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