Griffith’s inaugural Farmer’s Market blooms
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent May 10, 2013 11:08PM
Rhonda Bloch of Tiffany's Tea Room describes different baked goods to Rose Verbich of Griffith and her granddaughter, Kaylen Angel, 4 of Griffith during the Griffith Central Market at Central Park Friday afternoon. The market will be open every Friday through September 3pm to 8pm. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
IF You Go
The Griffith Farmer’s Market will be from 3 to 8 p.m. May 10 through Sept. 21 in Central Park, weather permitting. Vendors interested in Griffith’s Farmer’s Market should contact Market Chair Kathy Ruesken at 484-6697.
Updated: June 13, 2013 6:51PM
GRIFFITH — For the first time out, the town’s inaugural Farmer’s Market had a great turnout and a not-so-great turnout at the same time.
Market chairwoman Kathy Ruesken marveled at the people who braved the chilly, gray weather to attend the affair, yet was disappointed the weather had to have kept so many people away. But based on those who came out, Ruesken sees nothing but good things ahead for the summer.
“I’ve spoken to each vendor, and they are all so amazed that so many came out,” she said as a guitarist sang Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” in the drizzly background. “Just the fact that they believed tells me it’s going to explode.”
The market was a year in the making, she said, and with all the planning and getting just the right vendors without much duplication, it might as well have been a wedding. There was all the excitement going into it, but once it’s here, all you want to do is get it done.
But Ruesken was pleased with the results.
“The farmer’s market veterans know what to do, and I feel like I have some of the best in the tri-state area,” she said. “We have vendors from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.”
Mary Wells of Chicago brought out tulips for the market. Even in the wind and drizzle, she sold four plants, which surprised her. Griffith is her first farmer’s market — she’s more of a crafter and therefore prefers craft shows — but so far, she’s pleased with the result.
“I feel like there’s a good variety that’s appealing,” Wells said. “Once my yard starts blooming more, I think it’s going to be fantastic.”
Eventually, Ruesken would like to see the market feature more demonstrated art because people always like to watch people make things.
“Since the community itself can’t grow outward, I want to see it grow from within,” she said.