Farmers and Artisans Market vendors call first weekend success

Sunday, June 26, 2011 | 5:52 p.m. CDT
Merchants and shoppers gather at the first North Village Art District Farmers and Artisans Market on Sunday in Columbia.

COLUMBIA — Susan Taylor Glasgow said her husband will be treated to dinner after her success from the first North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market, Sunday.

"I've sold more than half my plants," Glasgow said. "I've made a lot of dough."


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Glasgow was one of 14 vendors at Sunday's market. She sold a variety of plants including daylilies, two types of iris and bee balm, which was her best seller.

Market Director Sean Spence said about 572 people made their way to the Wabash Station for the opening.

Vendors Arlen and Brenda Uthlautof Glasgow, Mo., said they spend around four days a week at farmers markets selling their vegetables. They said they think the farmers and artisans market did extremely well for its first day.

"We've heard comments about how people are glad the market is downtown and that it's not on Saturdays," Arlen Uthlaut said.

He said the market's downtown location will help bring in more people.

"Downtown is severely lacking in grocery stores," Glasgow said. She said the market, along with the relocation of the Root Cellar, could help with the problem.

In addition to plant vendors, the market featured a number of artists who sold works such as alpaca rugs, jewelry and pottery. Children also had the opportunity to create their own works of art.

Katy McDonald had a tent for Creative Days Art Studio, which she co-owns with her sister. At the tent, children — and even some parents — learned how to make beads out of strips of rolled-up magazine pages, which they crafted into necklaces, bracelets and picture frames.

The studio plans to feature a different craft for children every Sunday, McDonald said. She is one of a number of vendors who plan to make the new market a weekly routine.

The market is set to continue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday until November 13 at the Wabash Station, 126 N. Tenth St.

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Gerald Shelnutt June 26, 2011 | 9:19 p.m.

To bad the city of Columbia has screwed the parking fees up. I will not be shopping downtown in the near future.

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Barbara Hoppe June 26, 2011 | 10:06 p.m.

There is no charge for meter parking on Sundays. Parking is free.

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