TYNER, Ky. (WYMT) - Tuesday is the first day of the farmer's market season in Jackson County. Jason Davis lives in Annville and says he goes to the Jackson County Farmer's Market once a week during the season.
"I've visited other places where they don't have this benefit, and I feel like they lose something by not having the opportunity to buy fresh produce," said Davis.
Russell Bingham, a farmer, says he could lose business without a nearby farmer's market.
"There are people that come looking for us now and they want the same things a lot, they're regular customers... It's helped a lot," Bingham said.
Helping farmers, and helping people in the community stay healthy.
"Any time you can buy food that comes straight from the garden straight to your kitchen, that's a whole lot fresher and healthier than when it's on a semi-trailer truck and it has been frozen for two or three weeks," said James Comer, the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture.
Commissioner Comer says the farmer's market not only provides healthy food for people, but it is also good for the local economy.
"You have local producers who are selling their products here in the farmer's market, but you also have a certified kitchen right beside the farmer's market, where farmers can take $250 worth of tomatoes and make $2,500 worth of salsa," said Commissioner Comer.
The Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture says the Jackson County Farmer's Market is the only one with a certified kitchen in Eastern Kentucky. The Jackson County Regional Food Center has been open for two years.
The Jackson County Farmer's Market will be open five days a week until Oct. 1.