When Keith and Karen Lackore ran out of neighbors to bestow their extra large, extra sweet, candy onions, they turned to an alternative close to home.
“They can only eat so much,” Karen joked about the couple’s neighbors, while selling vegetables at the Oxford Farmers Market.
The Lackores were first-time vendors at the market, which runs 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 14 at Creekside Park on Mill Street.
“It was a good year for everything,” said Karen, who sold $2 bags of blackberries along with the onions and other produce.
Customers took advantage of the reasonable prices and wide selection of items, while other entrepreneurs, like Kyle Scatena, hawked their wares under the cover of a pavilion in the market’s idyllic park setting.
The 10-year-old sells bracelets to earn extra cash in the summer while his grandmother, Kathy Tandy, Oxford’s market coordinator, sells homemade kolaches and other tasty baked goods nearby.
Meanwhile, customers lined up for grilled food as owner Doug Darrow flipped burgers and ribeye steak for Rapid Creek Ranch of rural Oxford and visitors tried their hand at Unique Events’ karaoke, that evening’s entertainment.
Oxford isn’t the only small town with a thriving farmers market in Eastern Iowa. Henry’s Village Market in Homestead, Amana, also offers prepared food and entertainment alongside a good dose of local, fresh produce, handcrafted items and baked goods.
The list goes on and on. As the weeks of summer dwindle, but garden-fresh veggies multiply, take advantage of the season’s bounty at a market near you. Find details on more than 40 Eastern Iowa farmers markets on the Homegrown list and see more photos from Oxford and Homestead here: