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Scenes from the East Market

East side opening sign
  • Cecilia Jacob, of Makanda smells a bouquet of flowers from Flora Bay Farm during the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. Jacob said as a mother of four she usually doesn’t get to the market each week, but a friend of hers was getting married that day and wanted fresh flowers for decoration. Courtney Smith, owner of Flora Bay Farm, said this was their first year coming to the market. “It’s great, my flowers are going to a wedding!” —Sarah Gardner
  • Draedyn Castrejon, 3, of Murphysboro picks a carrot to eat from a bundle at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. The East side market is held year-round at Carbondale Community High School. From April to November farmers and vendors set up outdoors. For the winter months, the market goes inside the school. —Sarah Gardner
  • Nick Ouellette loads pumpkins into the bed of his pick-up truck after the Carbondale Farmer’s Market closed at Carbondale Community High School. Oullette and his wife Amber own Under the Sun Landscaping as a full time occupation, but decided to try growing pumpikns and gourds this year. Nick participated in pumpkin research while in graduate school at SIU. —Sarah Gardner
  • Marlee Trandell, left and Mark Puett, plant and soil science students and members of LOGIC, organize and set up their stand at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. “Eating locally is honestly the way to go because not only do you know where your food comes from, you’re supporting local vendors,” Trandell said. “Live, love and eat good food,” Puett said. —Sarah Gardner