Wilder Hosts Cartwright’s First-ever Indoor Farmer’s Market | News, Sports, Jobs


TR PHOTO BY SUSANNA MEYER Cartwright Farmers Market Manager Trisha Wilder poses behind her baked goods display. Wilder has been running it since 2019 and Saturday’s event was the first indoor market she hosted.

Farmers’ markets are often reserved for the summer months, but Trisha Wilder, manager of Cartwright Farmers Market, could not see why an event with so many benefits for local artisans and farmers could not take place during the summer months. winter too.

Wilder hosted the first-ever Cartwright Indoor Farmers Market event on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Riverview Park Community Building. This event hosted four different vendors, including Wilder herself, each offering a unique mix of products and a friendly smile to everyone who stopped by. Although the cold made summer products like fresh produce impossible, other products without seasonal restrictions were available.

Amelia Ward, one of the vendors, displayed a myriad of artistically crafted products on her table, from knitted hats and wine cozies to bracelets and earrings. Ward attended the Cartwright Farmers Market as a vendor for the first time last summer and really enjoyed the experience, so when Wilder contacted this event Ward was more than happy to attend.

“I like to create things and I have so much and very little room to store them. So I thought I would share it, ”Ward said. “I love the joy it brings to people.”

Another vendor selling local items was Jeff Mayer, a local farm owner. Mayer’s table featured farm-fresh eggs, dog chews, and homemade soap in a variety of scents. They also sold pieces of chicken and duck meat raised on their farm. Mayer said this was his third year of participation and business was improving every year.

“We’re hit and miss some days because we’ve got a little different product than a lot of the people you’re used to seeing at the farmer’s market. So with our whole chickens and things like that, that’s not always what you see at the market, ”Mayer said. “It’s improving since we started, every year because we have loyal customers. “

Other unique items included his dog soap and chews. Mayer said they learned how to make soap when they had 80 pounds of lard that they didn’t want to waste. Dog chews were invented in the same way.

“Dog chews are our new thing that we’re adding in a way. Since we take the time to raise the birds the best we can, we don’t want to see any waste, ”Mayer said.

Dog chews were made from by-products that might otherwise go in the trash after processing, such as pig ears and chicken feet.

Speaking of dogs, Kristina Coltrain and her son Jacksyn had a table stocked with gourmet dog treats. It was their first time at the farmer’s market, and she said the people had been very friendly. Kristina said they started making dog treats in the fall.

“I love baking and I love dogs so it’s a good combination for me,” she said.

While Wilder was hosting the event, she had also set a table with breads of all flavors available for purchase. Wilder actually started as a vendor in 2018 before taking over as manager of the Cartwright Farmers’ Market in 2019 after the previous managers retired.

According to Wilder, the market has grown exponentially since she took over. At the start of its first summer season, they had few sellers and low footfall with only six or seven returning sellers. In the end, Wilder said returning vendors and attendance had doubled.

“When I first took power, (the market) was kind of, I don’t mean dying, but it was (declining),” Wilder said. “I was able to bring him really strong at the end of that first season.”

Wilder said that even after COVID hit in his second season as manager, they’ve managed to develop a bit more this season with various safety precautions in place. Finally, in 2021, Wilder estimated that there were around 40 vendors present throughout the summer season. The summer season lasts from May to October.

As the next step in the growth of the Cartwright Farmer’s Market, Wilder hopes to ensure cohesive indoor winter markets like Saturday’s.

While there weren’t many vendors ready for the market on Saturday, Wilder believes more of them will be coming for the next event on January 22. Footfall was relatively low the first time around, but as markets become more regular, more foot traffic is expected.

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Contact Susanna Meyer at 641-753-6611

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