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National Farmers Market Week Shines Spotlight on Local Vendors, Buyers

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Whether it's Veterans Square in Fairmont or Charles Pointe in Bridgeport, farmers markets are a growing trend here in North Central West Virginia, especially now during National Farmers Market Week. 

No matter what fresh produce your family is craving, plenty of our local vendors seem to put a special touch on their products that you just can't find in stores. Chuck Carpenter and his wife are from Barrackville. They've been setting up shop at their hometown farmers market in Fairmont for more than a year.

"Mostly we sell honey, but once we started in the honey business, my wife turned into a witch, and she makes all the different potions. She's got lip balm and foot cream, hand lotion. We get the propolis from the hives and she makes tenture, just everything to do with the wax and the honey," said Carpenter of AWAG (Ain't Wild, Ain't Good).

Carpenter said the busiest day of the week at the Fairmont Farmers Market is one you might not expect.

"It seems like on Tuesdays there's more vendors and there's a lot more people. Last Tuesday, every space was filled but one, and there was a very good crowd here," said Carpenter.

Meanwhile in Bridgeport, Sundays are the reason that John Jennings of Jennings Brae Bank Farm brings his produce all the way from New Martinsville.

"Me, my mother, and my wife all come to Bridgeport because I really think it's one of the nicest markets in the state. The organizers here have done a fantastic job of getting a nice mix of vendors. We buy other product that we didn't grow," said Jennings.

But it's about more than just the product. Vendors said while the profit is an added bonus, it's the "community" element that drives them to set up shop.

"The customers are always super friendly, we've got chef demonstrations, live music. We make money, but it's also just a nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon," said Jennings.

"We get to see old friends. We just enjoy the company," said Carpenter.

The consumers couldn't agree more.

"Out of all the people I've ever met, West Virginians are very kind people. We are always glad to help West Virginia," said Rev. Harry Wingler, an out-of-town customer.

You can find out more about the Fairmont Farmers Market and Bridgeport Farmers Market by visiting their Facebook pages.

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