Every Saturday and Wednesday morning through the summer months, people from all over Macon County and the surrounding area can come together to sell everything from vegetables to honey to homemade lye soap at the local Franklin farmer’s markets. The only stipulation is that each vendor has to make his or her products themselves.
The concept of the Farmer’s Market has grown considerably in Macon County. John Boetjens was one of the original members of the downtown Farmer’s Market when it first started in Franklin in 2000. He said that there were three other people besides himself at that time, and now the market averages 20 vendors each week. The market gives the people a chance to get together, says Boetjens, and any sense of competition does not matter.