[caption id="attachment_81357" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2021\/05\/IMG_2434.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="290" class="size-full wp-image-81357" \/> The Pocahontas County Farmers Market had a successful summer last year at two of its locations \u2013\u2002Linwood, shown above, and Green Bank. This year, the market will return to Marlinton, and there will be a new market location on Droop Mountain. Photo courtesy of Malia Thompson[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County Farmers Market will have four locations this summer, giving residents more options for purchasing locally- grown produce and homemade goodies as well as providing a place for social interaction.\r\n\r\nPCFM president Malia Thompson said the board and vendors are excited to get back to the market and the community.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re excited this year because we are reentering the market with the Marlinton market,\u201d she said. \u201cDue to COVID last year, we did not have a market manager for that location, but this year\u2019s crew is different.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are opening up with the intention of being at the new Discovery Junction. This is exciting, because not only will it be the Farmers Market, but everything they have going on there, as well.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to the return of the Marlinton market, Thompson said she is happy to report that a location has been added to the southern part of the county.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe also added Hillsboro \u2013 technically it\u2019s Droop Mountain \u2013 and we will have a Farmers Market there on Saturdays,\u201d she said. \u201cWe\u2019re really hoping to serve the local community, as well as travelers to Beartown and Watoga coming through on Rt. 219\r\n\u201cPreviously, the Farmers Market has not been engaged in that area, and that end of the county was missing out on this opportunity, so we have some growers out that way who are ready to become vendors and start that market,\u201d she said. \u201cWe will also continue our Green Bank and Linwood markets \u2013 both of those were ultra-successful last year.\u201d\r\n\r\nAlthough the market operated in only two locations last year, Thompson said it didn\u2019t stop the momentum of the vendors and, in fact, this year, she has seen an increase in interest from vendors who want to get involved and sell their wares to the community.\r\n\r\n\u201cSince our last post on Facebook, I\u2019ve had six or eight new vendors wanting to join us and that is from all areas,\u201d she said. \u201cPeople really want to be active in more than one market, which is something we need when we look at the Farmers Market. We are constantly looking for artisans, crafters, producers, growers, bakers. We constantly have people asking us about breads and baked goods.\r\n\r\n\u201cReally anything that fits into that normal Farmers Market \u2013 something that you grow or craft or home make \u2013 we invite them to come and join us for sure,\u201d she added.\r\n\r\nAs for COVID-19 restrictions, Thompson said the Farmers Market is following state regulations and since the markets are all outdoors, she said people are not required to wear masks, but are asked to keep a social distance from other customers and vendors.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe do ask that you allow us to pick up your items,\u201d she said. \u201cJust remember to be courteous of one another.\u201d\r\n\r\nThompson added that the vendors are unable to accept credit cards, so she reminds customers to bring cash in small bills, if at all possible.\r\n\r\nThe schedule is as follows:\r\n\r\nGreen Bank \u2013\u00a0located at the Green Bank Senior Center, Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m.\r\n\r\nLinwood \u2013 located at the Linwood pavilion next to the Linwood Public Library, Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., starting May 28.\r\n\r\nMarlinton \u2013 located at the Discovery Junction on Third Avenue, first Friday of each month, 5 to 7 p.m.\r\n\r\nDroop Mountain, 2445 Seneca Trail, next to Tom\u2019s Barber Shop, Saturdays, 3 to 6 p.m., starting May 29.\r\n\r\nFor more information on the Farmers Market, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 304-456-4239 or visit the Facebook page at Pocahontas County Farmers Market.