Perry Farmers Market finds fair weather after foul

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Longtime Perry High School science instructor Ken Finer, left, inspects the caramel corn and other sweets at Thursday's Perry Farmers Market.

After last Thursday’s rainy opening day, the Perry Farmers Market hit its stride this week, with about a dozen vendors selling fresh produce, ready-made dinners and a variety of crafts and curiosities.

“This is the year for the Perry Farmers Market,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce, which manages the trading. “We’ve got new vendors just beginning with us this year and plenty of familiar faces who have been selling in Perry for several years now. Growth has been slow but steady, and I think we’ve about to turn a corner on the Perry Farmers Market.”

Steve Parnell of BRG Music in Perry contributed to this week’s atmosphere with his solo acoustic guitar stylings.

The local market is open every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Perry Marketplace, located in Caboose Park on the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead parking lot at the corner of First and Willis avenues in Perry. The Perry Farmers Market will operate through September.

Free vendor space is still available, Wilson said. Businesses or groups interested in providing meals or entertainment for the market should call Wilson at 515-465-4601.

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