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HIghlands Marketplace

by Luke Osteen

Long a happy event on the town’s calendar, Highlands Marketplace is open for business with the arrival of the summer season.

The Highlands Marketplace is being staged from 8:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. every Saturday at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.

Local farmers, artisans, and growers gather to offer the freshest and most colorful selections you’ll find anywhere. Whether it’s spring lettuces, organic salves and tinctures, eggs, or handmade crafts you’ll not be disappointed.

Farmers will be offering the first fruits of their fields and you’ll find fresh eggs from contented chickens, honey, and a full spectrum of fresh flowers harvested on the Plateau.

There’s also a dizzying selection of fresh-baked pastries and breads. Look for canned goods, jams and jellies, and herbal teas and tisanes.

This is also a place to visit if you’re seeking handmade soaps and essential oils, and homemade salves that are crafted using formulas that date back hundreds of years.

The Highlands Marketplace is a great way to start your weekend, so bring your baskets and your market bags and load ‘em up! If you choose to bring your four-legged friends, please make sure they’re leashed.

But just as important as all the foods, all the treats, all the goods, is the sense of community that forms the bedrock of this entry on the town’s social calendar. This is where Highlanders gather. Stories are told, gossip is exchanged, and jokes are swapped. People of all ages and all social standings stroll through and weigh their purchases. If you don’t spend part of your time talking with the vendors and artisans, well, you’re not getting your money’s worth.

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