LOUISBURG – The unusually wet spring has played havoc with local vegetable growers and is delaying the opening of the Louisburg Farmers Market.
The market will open June 22, Andy Nowachek said at a recent Louisburg City Council meeting. Despite the later start in June, Nowachek told the council at its June 3 meeting he hopes to have the customary 25 to 27 vendors.
“We realize that this start date is a little later than normal, but many early season things have gotten beaten down by all the recent rains or not come up at all,” according to a post on the market’s Facebook page. “The gardens of many vendors have been too wet to get tomatoes, peppers and other veggies planted.”
The owner of Nowachek Apiaries of Louisburg, Nowachek sells honey products at the market and is its primary organizer and spokesman. Opening in 2002, the market is in its 17th season and has grown through the years – in the number of vendors and customers, Nowachek said. The longtime vendor joined the market in its infancy.
The market has grown in popularity for several reasons, Nowachek said, noting the community’s growth, the product mix and the friendliness of the vendors.
The market is located at the corner of South Second and Mulberry streets, one block west of Louisburg’s downtown business district. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays, and this year it will run through Sept. 21, Nowachek told the council.