By Slumpy McReynolds | Reformed farmer turned stringer
If you haven’t got your garden up and running yet this season, never fear. You won’t go hungry, at least not this weekend. That’s when area civic groups and merchant-type folks will hold the first farmers market of the 2016 summer season which begins officially on the longest day of the year, also known as the shortest night of the year.
Sponsored by Bonkers for Bass Lake, the Trout Lane Merchants and Shopkeepers Group and Bass Lakeans Promoting a More Civic and Merchant-Friendly Town Council, the farmers market, so-called despite a total lack of actual farmers or markets, will occupy a space under some blue tarps propped up along Trout Lane near the town rhombus on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. and going as long as necessary.
Spokes”farmer” Pheetus Gimble said the idea has been a long time coming.
“After 10 years of trying we finally got the Town Council to approve our application,” Gimble said. “We’re sure this will increase the number of people attending the Farmers Market since there hasn’t been one until now.”
Some of the items to be offered, according to Grimble, include corn (early) and jams put up last fall by Trout Lane merchant Cooper Sanderstroms’ grandmother, who passed away last month from a reaction to bad jam.
“That was a tragedy,” Gimble said. “A real tragedy. But her jam was top-notch. Most of it, anyways.”
Those interested in bringing items to sell should contact Jennifer Sparkle at Jen’s Ribbon Cutting on Trout Lane or Clem Brickston, proprietor of Bass Lake Inn/Convenience Store and the president of Bonkers for Bass Lake.