MOUNT VERNON — This spring has been wet and gloomy, but things promise to brighten up a bit Saturday as the first Mount Vernon Farmers Market of the season comes to Public Square downtown.
The almost constant rain has made it difficult for farmers and gardeners to plant, but there still should be a good variety of offerings at the market, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We might have only a dozen or so vendors the first week or two, but then it builds,” said Troy Cooper OSU Extension educator for horticulture.
Although the wet spring has made it tough for farmers and gardeners to get anything planted, Cooper said he still expects to see a variety of vegetables available. Including spinach, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb if it stays dry a couple days and maybe green beans, as well as baked goods, honey and plants.
“Either they got some things planted in March before the rains started or they have greenhouses or ‘high tunnels,’” Cooper said. (A high tunnel is sort of low greenhouse over plants for weather protection.)
Bedding plants are a big item at the early markets because people want to get their vegetable gardens or flower beds planted, he explained.