There's more to the Farmers Market than fresh food

Fresh produce aplenty

It's where you can find the freshest produce, baked goods made from scratch and the friendliest smiles.

It's not your local super store, it's your local farmers market.

The Quincy Farmers Market started in mid May.

"The first couple of weeks it was really slow and a lot of it was due to the fact that we had such a wet and unpredictable spring," Historic Quincy Business District Executive Director Travis Brown said. "We finally got our produce in and once that happened we got a lot more farmers and a lot more vendors and that obviously brings a lot more customers."

Even with hot and muggy temperatures, customers were out at 7 a.m. Vendors say the earlier you get there, the better. (Find out what produce is available at the Farmers Market by clicking, here.)

"We had sweet corn cider day and we were sold out by 10:30 a.m.," Sharon Parrish with Parrish Farms said.

The Quincy Farmers Market is about more than fresh produce. It's about keeping your money local.

"For the most part, about another 25 cents on the dollar stays in the local community anytime you buy local versus buying at a national chain or organization," Brown said. "That does include produce, too. Obviously it's better to buy local because you're putting those dollars right back to work in the community."

It's a community that local farmers love to feed.

"I love to do it because it's fun and I like to bake for people because they enjoy it," Jo's Country Kitchen vendor, Joan Rife, said.

"They're so happy to see you," Parrish said. "They come back and you get hugs and the vendors are all like a family."

So the next time you go shopping, farmers urge you to think about the family.

"The farmers are a big part of what we have here in the Tri-States, " Brown said.