Photo by Charity Maness/Fall River County Herald Star
Hanna Sletto showers some love on a bucket calf at the petting area of the last Farmers Market of the season at Centennial Park in Hot Springs.
By Charity Maness
HOT SPRINGS – Hot Springs said farewell for the season to their Farmers Market on Friday, Oct. 1 with a fun array of local produce, arts and crafts, a children’s corner and even a petting zoo supplied and manned by the Sagebrush Wranglers 4-H Club.
The market has been a cornucopia of food, fun and entertainment throughout the summer with produce stands, children’s craft corners, eclectic vendors and music offered every Friday from 4:30 to 6 pm.
“It’s been a wonderful 5th year for the Farmer’s Market,” said Rajni Lerman, Farmers Market founder and manager, “to feel the community experience and enjoy the local foods, it’s a lot of work, but the community has been so wonderful supporting this.”
When the Farmers Market began, musicians would volunteer their talents, yet as the years progressed Lerman yearned to reward their talent and with the help of friends and some of the musicians, sponsors were found to offset the artists’ time and talent.
“Having music is what makes it a full community event,” said Lerman, “people from all walks of life come to enjoy the music and market.”
Lerman is thankful for the many vendors who participated throughout the market season but readily admits, “it is successful due to the immense community support.”
“I’m sad,” said Jan DeLay of Hot Springs, of the last market. “I love the fresh produce and veggies. And I like to get my dinner on the way out at Southern Hills Diner.”
The Farmer’s Market will return the first Friday in July 2022.