|Kali Kaliche stands in her garden, which is the location of the Gardeners’ Market at 403 E. Fulton Ave. Marissa Freireich/WGCN|
|A woman purchases her fresh produce from Kaliche on Aug. 3. Marissa Freireich/WGCN|
Residents can find fresh locally grown produce every week at the Williams Gardeners' Market.
The market takes place every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at 403 E. Fulton Ave.
Depending on the time of year, the market may offer potatoes, cabbage, beets, dill, squash, corn, basil, chard, garlic, snow and snap peas, carrots, radishes, green beans, lettuce, cucumber, chives, eggs, and potted plants.
"What's really nice is it changes," said gardener Kali Kaliche. "By the time the green beans are done, here comes the winter squash and the onions and the potatoes. So you go through these little phases."
Williams has had the market for between 16 and 20 years. About six gardeners are participating in the market this year.
"We call it a gardeners' market because it's such small plots, we're not really farmers," Kaliche said.
The first market day of the year was July 27, when the gardeners' plants started producing. The market will continue until the weather kills the plants.
Kaliche has been gardening at her current location, which is about a quarter of an acre, for about 25 years.
"I've just loved gardening since I was a child," she said. "And it keeps getting bigger, and pretty soon it's more than you can eat."
On Saturday mornings, Kaliche wakes up before dawn to set up for the market and pick the vegetables. Then along with the other gardeners, Kaliche displays her haul on tables for people to buy.
"It doesn't get much fresher," she said. "We forget what real markets are. We think grocery stores are markets."
Kaliche and the other gardeners often plant several varieties of one vegetable to see which kind grows best, and then they save those seeds for the next year.
"And that way we end up with things that are perfect for this very difficult climate we have," she said.
Then the gardeners get together in January or February to buy seeds in bulk.
Besides the other gardeners, some of the local kids help Kaliche with her garden and the market. Kaliche said the activity is fun and educational for children.
"There is that grounding of teaching kids biology-just basic biology-that we're part of this web of life and how complex it is," she said. "That's really fun."
Kaliche said seeing more gardens throughout town has inspired her, and she encouraged more people to get involved in the market.
"Gardening reconnects you with the complex beauty of life," she said.
More information is available from Kaliche at (928) 635-2595.