Garden City Farmers Market a popular spot

6/15/2014

By SCOTT AUST

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

 

Nine-year-old Tanner Clements helped out at Saturday’s Garden City Farmers Market at the Westlake Hardware parking lot selling tomatoes and other items he and his family picked at their greenhouse in Kismet.

When asked if picking tomatoes was fun, Clements said, “Sometimes. Sometimes not.”

“At least he’s honest,” chuckled his grandpa, Dannie Nelson.

Nelson, owner of Busy Bee Farms in Kismet, sold mostly tomatoes and cucumbers on Saturday with the help of four grandsons.

“I brought my top hands,” he said. “We’ve got an assortment of everything. Even a few flowers.”

Nelson has been coming to the Garden City farmers market the past three or four years and said he usually does pretty well here.

Nelson’s grandsons, Juan Magana, 9, Kane Magana, 11, Tucker Clements, 14, and Tanner Clements, 9, said they enjoyed selling their wares at the market.

“It’s pretty fun,” Tucker Clements said, adding that the best part is making money.

But when asked if they like picking the produce, the boys were a little less enthusiastic.

“It’s not that fun boxing them, either,” Tucker said.

On Saturday, vendors sold farm fresh eggs, tomatoes, baked goods, purses and woodworking items.

Clarine “Toke” Heiman was selling a variety of jams and jellies she canned herself along with cinnamon rolls and other baked goods.

“I start getting ready in January or February,” she said. “It’s kind of a fun community thing out here. People look forward to it and enjoy it.”

Tammy Bunney said she comes to shop every weekend, especially where there is produce available. She tends to look for potatoes, onions and tomatoes.

Bunney said she grows her own cucumbers and has sold them at the farmers market one year in the past but spending five hours at the market, especially when it was hot, wasn’t her thing.

“I just buy and eat,” she said.

Saturday, Bunney bought some of Heiman’s apricot jelly.

“She makes really good apricot jelly,” she said.

Diane Finkenbinder and her daughter, Beth Kasper, came down from Scott City to sell coasters, tissue holders, can koozies, and clocks handmade from yarn and plastic canvas featuring the colors and logos of several college and professional sports teams.

“It started with the Broncos, because my husband is a Broncos fan. Then people started asking for Chiefs. Everyone of these is a team someone asked for,” Finkenbinder said. “I make one extra.”

Saturday’s trip to the farmers market was spur of the moment after Finkenbinder read about it in the paper.

“This is the very first time. I wasn’t even sure if they would allow this,” she said. “As long as I sell things I’m happy. I mean this is a hobby. I’ve been making for family and myself.”

Plus, with Father’s Day having been Sunday, Finkenbinder figured her sports-related items might catch the eye of someone looking for a gift for their dad.

The local farmers market is open every Saturday morning in the parking lot of Westlake Hardware, 1210 Fleming St., from 7 a.m. to noon through Sept. 27.

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