The Lexington Farmers Market opened for the season Saturday with the bustle of shoppers, and upward of 30 farmers selling Central Kentucky's first homegrown produce of the season among other products.
Market manager Jeff Dabbelt said Saturday was "at least as large" as last year's opening day, a record-setting event attributed to the market moving from Vine Street to its new location in Cheapside Park.
"It's a great crowd for opening day," Dabbelt said. "With many other things going on today, we're glad when so many people make us a priority on Saturday morning."
Farmers' tents were set up around three sides of Cheapside Park. On the west side, workmen were busy on the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion scheduled to open Friday. The farmers will be in the pavilion Saturday.
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John Van Willigen of Lexington said he came downtown "special for the opening day. I enjoy the market." Van Willigen was buying spring garlic from Leo Keene, owner of Blue Moon Farm in Richmond, a farm that specializes in growing many varieties of garlic.
Marianne Edge, from Owensboro, and her family were spending the weekend in Lexington and walked down from their condominium at Main & Rose. "I'm a registered dietitian, so I love farmers markets, and I especially love this one in Lexington. I tell everybody about it," Edge said.
Dedication festivities for the new pavilion will be 5 p.m. Friday.