One of the many fun activities while visiting Manson is to attend the Manson Farmer’s Market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Market is spread out in the Manson Grange parking lot located at 157 E. Wapato Way.
The 2017 Manson Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday, June 17 followed by the first Wednesday Market on June 21. The Market will remain an ongoing bi-weekly event until mid-September. Those who love and appreciate local produce and goods often get there early when the opening bell rings at 8:30 a.m.
The Manson Farmer’s Market was a vision of the Manson Grange in 1981. A sub-committee formed under the leadership of Ivan Morse, Meldred Lester and Ed Fischang, and the rest is history. A local vendor, Juan Laberrigue, said that in the beginning there were less than ten booths. Today there is room for 50 booths.
Market Managers Mike Detering and Gordon Lester said that anyone can rent a spot at the Market for $5 a day, if there is space, or $50 for the year. Space is assigned on a first come basis and folks selling vegetables and fruit are on the top of the list. If you would like more information contact Mike at (509) 687-3606 or Gordon at (509) 687-3158.
Members of the Manson Volunteer Firefighters Association bring the fire truck on Saturdays. They sell tee shirts and other items to raise money for the many causes they support. There are 25 members, all volunteer and deserve a big thank you.
Mike and Amy Torres operate in several locations with Bison Plants. They have been involved in many community projects over the years.
Maureen White, an eighteen year veteran of the Market loves talking with folks as she sells her wares. She will be selling the book Burned Out, a great read about the fires two years ago. She will have copies available again this year.
So whether you are a local or a visitor to the Manson community, be sure to put the Manson Farmer’s Market high on your list of things to do as there is something for everyone.
(By Norm Manly)