Music floated through the streets as people gathered for the return of the Moscow Farmers Market.
For 36 years, local vendors have transformed Main Street in downtown Moscow into a community bazaar every Saturday from May - October. Merchants sell their wares from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., while live
bands play music after 9:30 a.m.
Produce and plant stands make up a majority of the booths present at the market. Vendors typically grow all of their own crops, which include corn, beans, peas, squash and all kinds of berries, said Guy Spencer, owner of Runner Bean Ranch in Palouse, Wash.
Other treats are also available, such as organic ice cream and hummus, produced
by Amanda Hixson-House and Keith House, owners of Sticky Fingers Farm in Troy, Idaho. The couple first imagined selling their products while working on an organic farm in New Zealand, they said. They have been selling at the market for four years.
"We cater more to people who are concerned about what they’re eating," Hixson-House said. "90 to 99 percent of our ingredients are organic and homegrown or local."
The market has proved to be more than just a business for the couple, however. Hixson-House said their customers are their friends.
"We have some customers who we consider good friends even though we just know them through getting ice cream and supporting us," Hixson-House said.
Spencer said that the sense of unity is what really makes the market memorable.
"Look at all the people," Spencer said. "A market in the center of a town brings the town together."
Jarrail Jackson, director of player relations for the WSU football team, described how his family is drawn by one thing or another. His wife bought plants for her garden, while his daughters enjoyed fresh lemonade.
"It’s good to get the girls out so we just come walk around," Jackson said. "It’s real friendly. It’s just like one big community."
Vendors also offer students products including clothing and handcrafted items.
Matt Wysock, a teacher in LaCrosse, sells his painted artwork and shirts. He said merchants who sell crafts create a unique aspect to the market.
"People come for the produce. They stay to look at the crafts and listen to the music," Wysock said. "If the produce vendors are the cake, we’re the frosting."