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Farmers’ market may come to Delano, but not this year

WICHITA — And continuing with this week’s news from Delano . . .

There’s been talk circulating in Delano that a farmers’ market is coming to the area.

That may happen, but not this year.

“The problem that we ran into . . . was that we weren’t able to find enough vendors to make it happen,” says Jim Martinson of Historic Delano, a group that puts on events in the area.

Martinson had hoped to have the market this year, but he says he didn’t start working on it until February, “which was a little late.”

The plan was to use the parking lot at Senior Services of Wichita.

“We’re real excited about it,” says Laurel Alkire, executive director of Senior Services. “It would be a great way to bring people down here.”

The idea would be to have it perhaps on a weeknight in order to not compete too much with other markets.

“If he can drum up enough interest, it would be great,” Alkire says. “We just need to build it up for maybe a year.”

That’s what Martinson plans.

“That gives us a little bit longer to get all of ours i’s dotted and t’s crossed.”

Old Town Farmers’ Market will be the first Kansas market to sell wine from a local vineyard

wineryWICHITA — If you’re picking up some pasta and vegetables this Saturday at the Old Town Farmers’ Market, you can now also buy some wine to complete your meal.

Market coordinator Pat Randleas says the market will be the first in Kansas to have a local winery as a vendor.

“It’ll be just another great addition to what we already have,” she says. “It’ll broaden our offerings.”

Britt Nichols of Vin Vivante in Wamego will sell his varietal wines beginning this Saturday.

“It’s going to be good for him,” Randleas says. “It’s going to be good for us.”

She says Nichols also is negotiating to begin selling at a market in Shawnee. But Randleas is excited to have the Old Town market be the first.

“It’ll give it distinction,” she says.

The market is open 7 a.m. to noon every Saturday from now through early October.