Fresh food and recycling themes at weekend event




In addition to baked goods, and other homemade items, recycling, or repurposing old things, was the theme at the Garden City farmer's market Saturday.

Katy Hopson, Holcomb, 'recycles' everything from old jewelry to her own business cards.

"What I try to do is I find old vintage material that's been discarded or no longer being used and I try to give it a new life, repurpose it into something," Hopson said. "Once I find something, I use every part of it."

She repurposed a deck of cards as business cards, by printing her name, the name of her business, Alternative Designs, website and her phone number on them.

She said it's like recycling.

"So the wristwatches, I'll take the pieces out to make different necklaces or use the parts to do different things like that and then use the bands in other ways," she said.

She replaced the old watch faces with things like musical notes.

John and Ann Mason, Lakin, also sell products that once served other purposes.

"People will holler at us if they're tearing a fence down or something," Ann Mason said.

The couple has been building things such as benches, desks, signs and a variety of other items out of old wood, tin or anything else they can use, for about 15 years, the same number of years they have been bringing the finished product to the farmer's market.

"We did the farmer's market several years ago and then quit a few summers and started back last year and had pretty good luck," she said.

On the opposite end of the farmer's market, Dan and Krystal Crist, Deerfield, are beginning the same sort of tradition, along with their sons, six-year-old Gabriel and four-year-old Levi.

"Everything here is handmade. My wife and I put it all together," Dan Crist said.

The Crists had a big wooden rocking chair, wooden signs, benches and hand carved items on display.

"We make them out of whatever we can find. We've been doing pallets lately. Last year, we did them out of 2x4 heavy duty solid benches but that got expensive," Crist said. "These pallets hold up nicely and you can paint and decorate them. They're more for a garden decoration."

Krystal Crist made a chessboard and carved out all of the individual chess pieces, so intricately, that it was easy to recognize which piece was what

"It took me all summer, but I wasn't consistent with it," she said.

Rosie Carter, along with her mother, Dolly Clymer, both of Deerfield, coordinates the market each year and said there are a lot of regulars who come to the market specifically for a particular item, such as homemade pie.

"There's one little guy who gets here every Saturday. He came back twice today because he wanted the rest of my cherry pies. He thought they were all cherry ... I told him I'd make him extra cherry next week," Carter said. "And then you have those who haven't been here before and they're fascinated with everything they can find that's different. There's always something different."

On Saturday, Nicole Nightingale, Copeland, also sold a lot of pies.

"I had a dozen pies and have three left," Nightengale said.

She said that a lot of people wait to go to the farmer's market when the fresh produce is available, but that the women who usually bring it said that it isn't quite ready for market yet.

"I know a lot of people say they don't want to come until there's produce, and then they start coming," Nightengale said.

She said that the produce is expected to be ready for an upcoming market.

The farmer's market runs from the first Saturday in June to the last Saturday of September, and takes place every Saturday morning in the parking lot located at the southeast corner of Fleming Street and Harding Avenue.

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