Winter market active despite storm threat

PARKERSBURG – Food vendors and crafters turned out for the fifth Parkersburg Winter Market in downtown Parkersburg.

Since October, the market at its new location at 113 Ann St. has been a destination for unique food items.

This spring, the Point Park Market Place at that location will replace the market in Bicentennial Park which has hosted the farmers’ market for the past several years in downtown Parkersburg.

“I like the fact that many things here are made locally and are home-made in West Virginia and Ohio,” said Melanie Thompson of Washington, W.Va. “You can get fresh-made soaps and fresh-made breads.”

Thompson said Saturday was her first visit to the Ann Street location.

“I went to the market when they were on Market Street,” she said. “This is my first visit in this building.”

Jackie Hensley, with Sunny Hollow Farms, said business was brisk Saturday despite the possible winter storm.

“It’s been pretty good with the impending snow storm; it seems like we’ve had a snow storm every time we’ve been here.” she said. “I was never at the other market (at Bicentennial Park). I understand they are trying to do something like the one in Charleston.”

Hensley said she has been there for Sunny Hollow Farms.

“Sunny Hollow goes to Charleston once a month,” she said. “It’s me or Jill Goff, the owner of Sunny Hollow Farms.

“For our first year here, I think we’ve done OK,” she said of the participation in Parkersburg’s market.

Some clothing items made from alpaca fleece were available Saturday.

Tammie Marks, owner of Heavenly Sunlight Alpaca Farm, had items made from the alpacas she owns and yarn she purchased from other alpaca farmers.

“Alpaca comes in 22 colors,”she said. “You can dye but mine is all natural, I buy any color yarns.”

Marks said she has been part of the market since November. She also plans to come back to the market for the spring and summer.

“I get people who buy plus those who are curious,” she said. “People want to learn about the alpaca. We go to the schools and demonstrate picking and carding the fleece and then I spin it into yarn.”