Fresh, local, close to home

For residents in Trafalgar, the options for fresh fruits and vegetables are limited.

With the town’s only grocery store closing in 2011, the only other option is to drive to Franklin or Edinburgh.

But one resident and town council member would like to offer a fresh, local alternative.

Betty Davis is opening a farmers market on Wednesday at her former dinner theater. The market will be open every Wednesday starting this spring and summer but hopefully carrying over year-round.

“We’re constantly talking about what Trafalgar needs. When you’re a small community, some of the things that exist in other cities and towns just aren’t here,” Davis said. “When the grocery store closed, we were in trouble.”

Vendors can set up their booths indoors, as well as take advantage of the spacious parking lot outside the theater, Davis said. The market will accept local growers who want to sell their produce, as well as people selling cheese, spices, nuts, honey, flowers, greenery, baked goods and crafts.

While Davis is networking with farmers to get them to come sell their sweet corn, tomatoes and other goods, she’s opening it up to anyone with extra produce from their gardens.

“If they have extra, it’d be nice for them to be able to sell that for some extra money,” Davis said.

Vendors can reserve a spot for $100 for the summer session, through Aug. 22. The fall session from Sept. 2 to Dec. 18 will cost $85, and a winter session from Jan. 6 to March 9, 2016, will be $55.

People also can sell week-to-week for $5 each day.

Davis understands that it may take weeks or months for the market to catch on. It may be sparse for the first few weeks, particularly before crops come into season.

“It’s to provide something that’s needed. It’s going to take awhile to get it going, but that’s OK,” Davis said.

If you go

Trafalgar Farmers Market

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays

Where: The Banquet Center, 107 S. Pleasant St., Trafalgar

Vendor cost: $5 per week; cost is $100 for the session from April to Aug. 22, $85 from Sept. 2 to Dec. 18, and $55 from January to March 9.

How to register: Contact Betty Davis at or 878-4424.

Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.