WINTERSVILLE – The latest episode of Wednesdays in Wintersville and the opening week of the Jefferson County Farmers’ Market drew many people to the village on Wednesday.
In line with this month’s theme “Flashback to the 50s” Organizers of Wednesdays in Wintersville have held a classic car cruise in the Wintersville United Methodist Church parking lot and local band Reflections will perform outside the Wintersville Municipal Building.
And an assortment of vegetables, fruits and local produce could be found under the farmer’s market tents pitched in the back parking lot of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
When planning the new monthly street festival last year, Joel Johns, Mary Decker and others decided it could coincide with the Farmers’ Market, which then moved to the church grounds.
As a result, area residents can stop and buy fresh produce, baked goods and other foods when not grabbing a bite from one of the many food trucks parked outside the Catholic Church. or browse the various craft and other stalls along Main and Grove. streets.
Thanks to the support of local churches and others, the Wednesdays event in Wintersville also included activities for children.
Many could be found enjoying a bouncy house, bouncy tunnel and face painting outside The United Methodist Church, whose members also donated free food.
Since the event’s launch, Johns, Decker and others have been experimenting with various themes and activities.
A 50s-style dance competition scheduled for Wednesday had no takers, although some expressed interest when the festival was scheduled for last week, Johns said.
Storm forecasts had led to its postponement from its usual date of the first Wednesday of the month.
Darlene Snider of Wintersville said she was disappointed when the event was canceled last week, but was quite happy with the mild weather on Wednesday.
She and her sister, Carole Leyland of Steubenville, were among many visitors who set up chairs to listen to Reflections, which also delivered more modern hits.
“It’s the first time for both of us” said Snider, who gave high marks to the hot dogs and gelato sold there.
She said the two also enjoy shopping for crafts while a third sister spends time there with her grandchildren.
Farmer’s market visitors found tables filled with the first produce of the season, including strawberries, lettuce, cherry and green tomatoes, beets, beans, cucumbers and carrots.
One was held by Shawna and JR Lerby of It’s All Good Farm of Smithfield. JR works in an aluminum factory, and the farm has become a side hustle and a potential second career for them.
“We’ve always done gardening, and it’s only progressing,” he said.
“We are all natural – no synthetic fertilizers, no sprays”, said Shawna, who added, “We are planting a bit more and expecting bugs. That’s how my grandfather did. »
Another stand was manned by Richard and Pete Franckhauser, two fifth-generation brothers from a family that runs Miller Farm near County Road 43 in Steubenville.
The Franckhausers said that as the summer season continues, they will bring in more produce, including tomatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupe and watermelon, with pumpkins and squash available in the fall.
“We’ll have a good chunk of stuff, God willing,” said Richard.
Plans are for the Farmers’ Market to continue every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. through the fall.
Potential sellers can contact staff at the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District at (740) 264-9790.
The volunteers behind Wednesdays in Wintersville also plan to hold this event in the fall, with different themes each month.
The theme for the next one, scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 6, will be Christmas in July and will include a toy drive to benefit children in need this Christmas.
In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved to the following week, with an announcement made that day via the Wednesdays in Wintersville Facebook page.