A ‘Fresh from the Garden’ sign sat on a table next to baskets filled with fresh spinach, lettuce and green garlic. Wind chimes made out silverware twirled lazily in the breeze at a nearby table. A container of freshly-baked oatmeal cookies sat open on another table.

A bell chimed, signaling the official start of the Perry Farmers Market on Thursday, May 31.

Susan Mickelson was one of the first in line at Geneen Tibben’s booth.

“I come every Thursday. She’s my first stop,” Mickelson said of Tibben’s booth, which featured produce and baked goods.

She made her purchases at Tibben’s booth before moving to check out the other area vendors inside the Josh Davis Memorial Plaza.

“It’s nice to see some new ones,” Mickelson said.

Raccoon Forks Farms was one of the new vendors at the opening day of the Perry Farmers Market. The farm, based in Redfield, has sold its produce at other area farmers markets in the past before deciding to come to Perry.

“Partly because it’s close, partly because we hear that people are serious about their produce here and we have great produce to sell,” Harriett Dickey-Chasins said.

She is looking forward to getting to know the people who come to the Perry market. And to build up regular clients through their produce and especially their eggs.

Megan Michaelsen stopped by the Raccoon Forks Farms booth a short while later to pick up a dozen eggs and a bag of spinach.

“I come every year. It’s my favorite day of the week,” she said of the market being open on Thursdays.

Michaelsen was also happy to see all the new vendors in addition to the returning vendors.

Kathy and Bill Gomez, of Earlham, brought their produce to the Perry market last year. They brought their locally grown produce and honey back to the market this year.

“We enjoy coming here. We like the people,” Kathy Gomez said.

Bill Gomez is looking forward to “bigger and better crowds” this year. The market moved from Caboose Park to the Josh Davis Memorial Plaza in July of 2017.

“We weren’t sure at first, but I like it. It draws a lot bigger crowd,” Kathy Gomez said of the move.

The Perry Farmers Market will run from 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Josh Davis Plaza through Sept. 27.