Keller and Roanoke farmers markets gear up for season

04/08/2014 8:52 PM

04/08/2014 8:55 PM

The Keller and Roanoke farmers markets are preparing to open for the season, and market managers say they are excited for what the new year has to offer.

The Roanoke Farmers Market starts April 12 on Saturdays through September in Austin Street Plaza, said Keith Copp, Roanoke fresh produce Farmer’s Market manager. The market will feature an expanded line of herbs and other products such as asian greens and carrots. It will feature varieties of lettuce and kale, which has grown in popularity over the past year.

The market is getting an earlier start than normal, and Copp said he is always looking for new vendors.

“Closer to the summer we will be in full tilt, usually around the end of May to the end of July,” he said. “We’re always looking for good, quality people though.”

Those summer months will see more fruit and vegetable vendors, especially a rise in peaches, tomatoes, watermelons and canteloupes, he said. The market is featuring plant and meat vendors, including “limousine beef” which is predominantly grass fed with no steroids.

The Keller Farmers Market will start May 3 through September, and Manager Patricia Eltiste said the market is still looking for new vendors through the peak points in the summer.

Produce vendors are the most needed, she said.

Fore more information, visit the Keller and Roanoke city websites.

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