Carrollton farmers market opens

Published 10:52 pm Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Market: Tim and Rachel Riddick shop for preserves at the Batten Bay Market in Carrollton. The Batten Bay Farm grows all-natural produce, and the market also offers fruit, meat and bread.

Residents will be able to purchase all natural produce and meat at the Batten Bay farmers market from now until November.

The market is open every Wednesday now until Thanksgiving from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Batten Bay Farm in Carrollton.

The market will feature all-natural in-season vegetables, which are grown at Batten Bay without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

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Fruits, meat and artisan bread will be available as well.

Danny Byrum, owner at Batten Bay, said people will be able place orders for meat and bread that they can pick up the following week.

All of the products are locally grown and raised, he said, and the meat is all-natural and does not contain hormones.

Byrum said he thinks all-natural foods are better because added chemicals can cause health issues.

He added the farm’s practices mean you can eat the vegetables at Batten Bay right off the plants without washing.

“It’s good food,” he said. “You don’t have to do anything to it if you don’t want to. I think it’s much better for you.”

The idea for a Batten Bay farmers market came from the farm’s involvement in the Community-Supported Agriculture program, through which consumers can pre-purchase portions of a farm’s produce for themselves.

Byrum said Batten Bay’s CSA pick-up day has always been on Wednesdays, and a few years ago, some of his friends started selling bread to the CSA members when they came to pick up produce.

“We kind of added it all up and made a one-stop shop,” Byrum said.

Every year since, more people have come to sell other products. Now, they’re opening the market to the public.

For more information on Batten Bay Farm and the market, visit