The White House Farmers Market will return to the library complex on May 22 and promises to be the biggest yet. FILE

The White House Farmers Market will return to the library complex on May 22 and promises to be the biggest yet. FILE

The White House Farmers market will begin its fourth year on May 22. The market will be held every Wednesday from 3:30-7 p.m. until mid-August at the City Municipal Complex at 105-C College Street.

Each market day will have a full lineup of up to 20 vendors. Several will be selling surplus produce from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and other monthly programs.

All of the vendors are producers only; meaning they grow and raise everything they sell. This restriction supports local agriculture and gives area farmers the assurance that they are competing with other farmers growing in the same way, often fully organic. The market will also host mobile food trucks, adding several to the weekly schedule.

The goal this year is to bring something different to each market day. For the kickoff on May 22, in addition to the many vendors offering produce, meats, herbs, and beauty products, a balloon artist will be present. Bounce houses will be set up for the kids along with an art area.

May 29 is National Senior Health Day. This market will focus on our senior citizens. NorthCrest Medical Center will offer free blood pressure and glucose checks. They will also present information on the prevention, symptoms and treatment of strokes. The White House Library will have an information booth focused on clubs popular with seniors such as Quilting, Painting, Gardening and Book clubs. A chiropractor will be at the market to discuss holistic health. A home healthcare provider will have information about services including age-in-place options for seniors needing assistance.

The June 5 market falls during National Gardening Week. In addition to the regular Farmers Market vendors, the Robertson County Master Gardeners will have a peat pot planting demonstration. The Library Garden Club will be present to discuss how to choose and use native plants. There will be a demonstration of aeroponics, with towers of edible plants perfect for in-home and small space gardening.

June is Dairy Month and the market days of the 12th, 19th and 26th will have milk-themed activities.  The 12th will have musical performances by popular local band, Spilt Milk and will also be Chocolate Milk Day complete with milk moostache crafts for the kids. The 19th will be Customer Appreciation Day. The 26th will begin with an ice cream social sponsored by the White House Chamber of Commerce.

July is American Hero Month and is the perfect time to recognize and celebrate the community police and fire first responders. A corn-shucking contest is planned. Later in the month, Cool Off with a Cop offers free popsicles for kids sponsored by the police department. A barbecue rib cooking contest is planned between the police and fire departments.

July 24th is Water Day hosted by the White House Fire Department. They will have pools, water beads and a wall of water from the tank truck.

July 31st will be the Back-to-School Bash at the market. A scavenger hunt is planned along with bounce houses for the kids.

August 7th is Bee Day with information, special products and activities focused on our vital pollinators.

Each market day will offer a kids activity area with coloring, painting, chalk, bubbles and stickers for the young attendees. Farmers Market Days promises to have something for everyone and will be even bigger this year.

For more information on the Farmers Market, visit the city website at http://www.cityofwhitehouse.com/white-house-farmers-market-information-2.

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