By Jenna Fear
Wanda Gleason started the Lincoln County Farmers Market in Troy two years ago when foot traffic from the Cuivre River market started to taper off. Her market, Gleason says, is a traditional farmers market, where real farmers sell real products. Come by Tractor Supply on a Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and you’ll see Gleason and her vendors selling food items, farm animals, fresh eggs, USDA-inspected meats, produce, baked goods from the Amish in Bowling Green, and more.
The market is held every Saturday in the Tractor Supply parking lot, no matter the weather. “Rain, snow, sleet, whatever,” says Gleason, “We’ll be there every Saturday.” Every Saturday until Oct. 27, that is, when the season ends. And then they’ll be back at it again come March.
In only its second year, the Lincoln County Farmers Market is booming. The market held its Fall Fling festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 with Tractor Supply’s Farmers and Artisans Day. At the event, there were 24 vendors and over 600 attendees. There were drawings for prizes, games for the kids, and food from the Candied Pig.
They don’t see quite 600 attendees on most market days, but Gleason says they still never see fewer than 200 on a regular Saturday. She says she couldn’t do it without the help of Tractor Supply manager Kendrick Mayo, who is helpful and accommodating to Gleason and the vendors.
Gleason says she’s never done anything like this, and she’s surprised by how big it’s gotten. Word has spread mostly by word of mouth, and she and the vendors have magnets on their trucks to advertise it, too. The market started with Gleason wanting to get back to the roots of a true farmers market, and now it’s maintained through the hard work of real farmers across Lincoln County.