Quincy Farmer's Market about more than produce

Early spring produce at the Quincy Farmer's Market

The Quincy Farmer's Market is up and going for the 2014 season.

It's at Washington Park every Tuesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. now through October.

But going to the Farmer's Market is about more than just buying local produce.

Joan Rife has been setting up a booth at the Quincy Farmer's Market for the last 28 years. The market itself is only 34 years old. By the time she leaves for the day, these tables will be empty. She makes money, but that's not why she comes.

"I just like people and I like to bake," Rife said.

Joan spends 14 to 15 hours in her kitchen baking up goodies the day before the farmer's market. She sews her crafts in the winter. Her next door neighbor at the farmer's market has been Gary Hull for years. He doesn't bake, but he spends hours in the garden and in his greenhouse. This spring, the weather hasn't been great for growing, but as for the crops ...

"Surprisingly, it's better than I thought it would be," Hull said.

He also will get rid of a lot of product, but there's more behind the reason he shows up twice a week.

"I get to meet a lot of people that I've known for years down here and people in Quincy," Hull said.

"I mean it's like a big family. I've been helping out for a few years now. We're always checking on each other," Lindsay Maas, the Primary Manager for the Farmer's Market said.

For one vendor, this farmer's market is about celebrating a family member who passed away a couple of years ago. Randy Stone's 18-year-old daughter died of a heart attack. She was a childhood cancer survivor, and when she was a teenager she suffered from severe dry skin. Randy's wife did some research and found that goat's milk was all natural, and good for the skin. So his wife started making goats milk soap, lotion, laundry detergent, and new this year deodorant. After their daughter Katherine passed away, selling this product has kept her spirit alive. And for Randy, coming here twice a week is his way to make a little extra money, and help out humanity.

"Cause every once in awhile, you get somebody walking down who are down in the dumps, and you sit and talk to them, and it lifts their spirits up," Stone said.

And that's why you find these faces year after year.

The vendors all accept cash, but you can also use your debit or credit card or LINK card at the Farmer's Market.

You just have to buy tokens at the Historic Quincy Business District to use at the vendor booths.

KHQA This Morning spotlighted the Quincy Farmer's Market live Tuesday morning.

Watch the clips here.