Don't miss the first 'Farmers Market at the Fair' on Thursday!

Farmers market fare.

Farmers market fare.

The Douglas County Fair is featuring its first farmers’ market and chef’s challenge on Thursday evening.

Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market is moving from 1832 Mass. to the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., for the event. Nearly 30 vendors will offer locally-grown foods and homemade goodies to purchase from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Douglas County Food Policy Council will provide a produce check-in service in Building 21 to keep purchases from wilting while patrons enjoy other activities.

The “Farmers Market at the Fair” also will feature children's activities and two musical groups — Dorian’s Wheel and Vegetable — from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

At 5:45 p.m., Lawrence chefs Rick Martin of Free State Brewery, Ken Baker of Pachamama’s and Subarna Bhattachan of Zen Zero will each be provided with a budget for shopping at the vendor booths. Cooking will begin at 6 p.m., with sampler plates offered to a panel of judges and the audience beginning at 7 p.m.

Final judging — including an audience participation score — and a drawing for a compost tumbler will wrap up the event by 8 p.m.

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market is typically held Thursdays in the back parking lot of the store at 1832 Mass. But, this week it will be at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market is typically held Thursdays in the back parking lot of the store at 1832 Mass. But, this week it will be at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Tagged: Douglas County Food Council, farmers' market, local food

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