Kodiak Daily Mirror - Farmers market draws vendors new and old
  
Farmers market draws vendors new and old
by Julie Herrmann
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Cynthia Harden puts away her wares as the Farmer's Market on Saturday winds down. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Cynthia Harden puts away her wares as the Farmer's Market on Saturday winds down. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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(From left) Mary Beth Symonoski and Ken Cameron sell lotion, wash cloths, soap and sweaters at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
(From left) Mary Beth Symonoski and Ken Cameron sell lotion, wash cloths, soap and sweaters at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. (Julie Herrmann photo)
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The Kodiak Farmer’s Market has been happening all summer, but for one vendor, it was her first time there.

Cynthia Harden was selling many different items: soaps, body scrubs, jewelry, incense and key chains.

“It’s my first time here, and I learned a lot about how to present items,” Harden said. Her body scrubs were contained in small plastic containers decorated with lace and some beads.

“Now these are nice, but they look homemade,” Harden said.

She said she sells her wares at the bazaars around the holidays, but plans to come back to the Farmer’s Market next week.

“People are visual,” Harden said, and she plans to put the salts in glass jars next week.

Her most popular items were small soaps shaped like flowers and bumblebees. “These are really popular with the kids, and they’re only fifty cents,” Harden said.

The Kodiak Farmer’s Market is different from what people might expect. A few vendors sell produce, but most are artisans, selling hand-made crafts or food.

Cakes, rolls, breads, pies, cookies, jam and jelly, honey, wooden boxes, jewelry, soap, body scrubs, bath salts, lotion, laundry soap, and knit washcloths, hats and sweaters were all for sale last Saturday.

Mary Beth Symonoski and Ken Cameron sold their wares together. Cameron makes soaps and lotions while Symonoski knits dishcloths and sweaters.

Sales were going pretty well on Saturday. Cameron said the most popular items were Symonoski’s dishcloths as well as some of his soaps.

“They’re something small that you can just drop in a hand basket and give as a gift,” Cameron said.

Cameron has been at the Farmer’s Market for four years, while this is Symonoski’s first year.

“I try to make things unique and in keeping with the theme of Kodiak,” Symonoski said.

The Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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