Farmers market vendor says he’s excited for season

By Kevin Baird
CNJ staff writer
kbaird@cnjonline.com

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Margie Plummer, right, of the Portales Veggie Shack, explains to Barbara Woolsey, left, of Clovis, Saturday the different starter plants she has for sale at the grand opening of the Clovis Farmers Market in the parking lot of Goodwin Lake Trails on Prince Street.

Roger Henry doesn’t have room to grow fresh vegetables at his house, but he was able to purchase squash and a cherry tomato plant at the Clovis Farmers Market.

The market officially opened on Saturday at the Goodwin Lake Trail parking lot and featured two vendors. Market manager Margie Plummer said the farmers market will add vendors and stock will expand as more produce comes into season.

Henry, who used to live in Alamogordo and Las Cruces, said he once had lots of room to grow vegetables, but now he only has room for a couple tomato plants grown in pots. He said only one plant survived the last freeze, and he is looking forward to planting the green cherry tomatoes. He said he is excited for the market to begin selling eggplants and tomatoes later in the summer.

Don and Denise Wiley have been selling produce at the market for seven years. On Saturday they were selling onions, squash, and soap.

“Next week we should have Swiss chard, kale, cucumbers, green beans, and potatoes,” Don said.

“I love growing tomatoes,” Don said. “They’re challenging to grow and there are lots of people who love them. Seeing the enthusiasm in customers makes me enthusiastic to grow tomatoes.”

On Saturday the Wileys were selling onions and squash. Within half an hour they had nearly sold out of produce.

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Denise Wiley, of Good Shepards Farm in Clovis, places squash on a table to sell at Saturday’s Farmer Market.

“We usually sell out in 15 minutes,” Don said. He added that even if his tables are packed with a wide variety of produce it doesn’t prevent the quick sell out.

Denise says she doesn’t do any farming so she makes herbal soaps to sell at the market, and she plans on building a farmers market Facebook page that will be updated weekly to show what produce each vendor will have at market.

People interested in participating in the Clovis Farmers Market should contact Margie Plummer at 760-0690.