SOMERSET, Ky. — The Lake Cumberland Farmers Market will open to the public Thursday, June 11, bringing more options for locally sourced produce and goods downtown.
City of Somerset Community Development Director Joy Carroll, who leads the market, said 30 vendors from the southern Kentucky region — a majority of them from Somerset and Pulaski County — will set up at the new facility three days a week. Items available range from fruits, vegetables and herbs to crafts, cheese, jams and jellies, homemade soap, meat and wine.
“Our board of directors has worked tirelessly to create a wonderful market experience for the people of Somerset,” Carroll said. “I know our patrons are going to love the result — this building and everything in it is a top-notch representation of our community and our agriculture industry.”
Opening day festivities kick off at 1 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the market will host the city’s Facebook series #seemyset LIVE!, and everyone who visits the market on opening day will receive a free canvas shopping bag.
Announced last year, the Lake Cumberland Farmers Market was made possible by a $250,000 Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy grant. The city matched that amount and purchased the parking lot next to the old Food Fair building on East Mount Vernon Street to construct the facility.
Somerset Mayor Alan Keck said the market will honor Somerset and Pulaski County’s rich agricultural roots and is especially important now as the local economy begins to slowly reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We did not let the pandemic delay our progress on the farmers’ market and I am thrilled it is opening,” Keck said. “Offering fresh, locally sourced food options and supporting growers and producers enhances our community’s health and fuels our local economy.”