It’s summertime, and what is more exciting than the prospect of fresh local produce available at a nearby farmers’ market? Starting this summer, there will a farmers market in Baxter Springs, Columbus, Crestline, and Galena, providing citizens the opportunity to access fresh produce for your families in several communities throughout the county.

The local farmers markets are not only a great place to purchase local produce and goods, but they provide consumers with an opportunity to know where their foods are grown. There’s no better way to strengthen your local community than to shop and eat locally! Visiting local farmers markets support our local farmers as well as businesses and community members. Also, you support yourself by providing healthy and fresh food for you and your family.

This season, all sorts of wonderful things will be offered at the market! Items include fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, baked goods, fresh meat, and flowers will be sold and who better to buy them from than your own community members?

Baxter Springs Farmer’s Market will kick off on Tuesday June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 13th and Military in Baxter Springs.

Columbus Farmer’s Market will start on Thursday June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at 202 N. East Ave (north of NAPA Auto Parts). A Community Farmers’ Market Kick-Off event will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, off the square in Columbus with live music, food vendors, and produce.

Crestline Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. south of Crestline on ALT 69 at the old school house.

Galena Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Galena Archival Lot across the street from the City Municipal Complex.

If you interested in selling your products at one of the Cherokee County Farmers Markets or want to stay up-to-date on what products they have available, please feel free to contact the markets on their Facebook pages, “Baxter Springs Farmer’s Market,” “Columbus KS Farmers’ Market, ” “Farmer’s Market in Crestline, Kansas Informational Page,” and “Galena Farmers Market KS.”

The Health and Wellness Advocates of Cherokee County needs your help in highlighting organizations throughout the county that are making health and wellness a priority. Please nominate a Cherokee County Health Champion by emailing or calling Christina Holmes at ChristinaHolmes@ksu.edu or 620-429-3849.

Kansas State University is committed to making its services, activities and programs accessible to all participants. If you have special requirements due to a physical, vision, or hearing disability, contact Christina Holmes, Cherokee County Extension, 124 W. Country Rd, Columbus, KS 66725, phone 620-429-3849 or email ChristinaHolmes@ksu.edu.