2023 Highland Farmers Market Plans Are Underway

The Highland Farmers Market kicks off it’s 2023 season in about a month.   In addition to the fresh produce and local meats for sale, other events will be happening too.

Jen Rattigan is the Program Manager at The Highland Center.

“That’s one of our goals, is to bring on special vendors, you know, make crafts or do demonstrations,” says Rattigan.  “We’ll be hoping to be working with AMI Fellows and the library and doing some things that draw more people and help provide a positive experience every week.”

The Highland Farmers Market will be held every Friday, May 26 through October 6, at the pavilion at The Highland Center in Monterey.  Hours are 3:30 to 6, rain or shine.

“Local fresh produce is something that we value here in Highland, because of all the farms, but it’s essential here because we don’t have a grocery store nearby and we’re willing to drive up to an hour both ways to get groceries,” says Rattigan.  “That’s a lot of driving to get your fresh produce.  So, it seems to be a pretty essential thing to be able to offer.   Then we, also, we are participating in the SNAP Program, so hoping to increase that access to fresh food across the area as well.”

A plant sale is set for May 19, the Friday before the Farmers Market starts.

“Plan on coming to the plant sale, that will be great to be able to show off what everyone’s growing,” says Rattigan.  “Get your gardens ready with some good veggie starts and herb plants.  The Children’s House kids, we are going to be growing some plants for sale too, so come and support my kids’ garden.   We won’t have the same amount of produce probably, because people are going to be ready to sell that the following week.  But we are trying to bring people, who are growing plants and selling them, to gather and do that first and also raise some money for the kids’ garden.”

For anyone interested in selling at the Highland Farmers Market, a vendor meeting will be held on Friday, April 28, from 5pm to 6pm at The Highland Center.

Applications are available at www.thehighlandcenter.org or by emailing Jen Rattigan at  programs@thehighlandcenter.org


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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