Support our local agriculture

Whether you are looking to purchase the freshest produce or freshly baked goods, or maybe just trying to find a place to spend a few hours with your family, friends and neighbors, the region’s farmers markets are the places for you.

Markets throughout the Tri-State Area offer the chance to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy the nutritional benefits that come with them while supporting the men and women who grow them. You’ll also find a wide variety of vendors selling homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, fudge and locally produced honey, as well as crafters who feature a wide range of locally made items.

There are many markets held each week at several locations in our area, as a sampling shows:

• The Farmers Gateway Market, which is coordinated through the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, is open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the parking lot at Eastern Gateway Community College.

• The Downtown Steubenville Farmers Market, which is coordinated through the Steubenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Thursday at the former Grant School property at the corner of South Fourth and South streets.

• The Weirton Farmers Market will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Monday beginning July 8 in the Goodwill Plaza parking lot on Penco Road.

• The Brooke County Farmers Market is held at two locations each week — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday along state Route 2 in Wellsburg and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the parking lot of Tractor Supply in Follansbee.

We hope everyone will set aside some time in their busy schedules to visit an area farmers market.