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Homegrown and homemade

Vendors bring fresh produce, baked goods and more to WC Farmers market

July 8, 2016
Anne Blankenship ( ,

Nothing beats the juicy goodness of a home-grown tomato or the snap of crisp green beans.

On any given Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m., May through October, local vendors gather to share the bounty of their gardens. But its not just garden produce. The Webster City Farmers Market offers area residents freshly made jams and jellies, breads, rolls, kringla and other baked goods. Crafters also share their wares, bringing stitched and sewn decorating pieces, creations made of yarn or wood.

The Webster City Farmers Market moved this summer from the City Hall Plaza to Wilson Brewer Park next to the Depot Museum. The new location offers more room and lots of shade for the hot sunny summer mornings.

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Ken Bever helps a customer at his booth.

Ken and Rusty Bever of Webster City have been regular vendors at the Farmers Market for the past 8 years. On a recent Saturday morning, they were busy waiting on customers.

"Green beans were popular this morning," said Ken Bever as he packaged up some snap peas.

"People have already been asking for tomatoes," said Rusty Bever.

Lyle Evans turned to growing produce after he left his job in animal pharmaceutical sales. He started out slow and has expanded his offerings as time went on. He's been a regular for about four years.

"The kohlrabi went really fast this morning," he said. "We getting potatoes in now and I'm seeing the first zucchini of the season."

Carol and Roger Main brought products featuring aronia berries - cookies, fudge and jams. Carol Main explained to customers that the dark berries that taste similar to cranberries, contain strong antioxidant properties along with other health benefits.

"We grow all of the berries in our front yard. We have 530 bushes," she said. "We're not like a big grower that contracts it out and sells it. We just are making the public aware of what can be done with the berries."

Dee Kern is another regular Saturday morning vendor. She brings a variety of baked goods, sewn items like natural heating pads and crocheted pieces like dish scrubbers and hair scrunchies.

"I like being around the people. We get a lot of different people," she said.

She said the new location was a nice change, offering more room to spread out and better parking options.

The Kringla Gals, Joyce Harms and daughter Sonja Burney, prepare their tasty traditional Norwegian treats and other sweets to sell at the Farmers Market. Along with the traditional flavors, they also branch out to offer more unique tastes - like chocolate or maple bacon flavor kringla.

Seamstress Jan Faint has a table filled with pretty fabric creations. Her pieces offer practical applications around the home - from decorator items to useful storage bags.

And there are many other vendors. Some are there every weekend, others set up shop occasionally.

The new location seems to be a welcome change, if the customers' remarks are any kind of a gauge.

"This is such a pleasant way to spend the morning," said one customer.

"There always seems to be something new and tasty," said another, as she tried a sample."

Acting City Manager Kent Harfst said he had heard no complaints about the move to Wilson Brewer Park.

"I think the additional space will give us room for more vendors," he said. "The Commons area offers a shady spot and anytime we can get people to come out to our parks - its a good thing," he added.

Harfst said vendors interested in selling items at the Farmers Market can contact him at City Hall, 832-9151 or email him at



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