Lincoln Highway Band kicks off Farmers Market on Main

While the Lincoln Highway Band played a toe-tapping version of “I’ll Fly Away,” bathed in sunlight and under the watchful eye of Henry Anson, vendors from South Center Street to South First Avenue did a brisk business during Thursday night’s Farmers Market on Main.

“It’s been a beautiful day and it is going to be a beautiful night,” said Bill Wilson of Marshalltown, who was helping a friend manage a stand.

Wilson, attired in a bicycle jersey and shorts, summed up the feelings of many in attendance, who were enjoying a chance to be outdoors under the evening’s warm sun and blue skies.

Wilson had used the day to get in plenty of bicycling riding.

Earlier, he had ridden to Melbourne and back.

Near Wilson, staff from Marshalltown’s Hy-Vee store were busy making root beer floats while event emcee Denny Grabenbauer, the “Voice of Marshalltown” urged attendees to stop by and partake.

“You better hurry up and get your floats now,” Grabenbauer said. “They are going fast. And all proceeds go to the July Fourth Fireworks.”

Smokin’ G’s Barbecue trailer was also busy, its white smoke going up, up and away as customers lined up.

Monicia Soder of Ames, owner-operator of Works of Glass, was greeting customers who stopped to look at her many varieties of stained glass and other items.

“This is the third season I’ve participated in the Farmers Market on Main,” Soder said. “I look forward to coming over.”

After making a sale, Dawn Troutner of Melbourne said it was her third season in Marshalltown too.

Troutner had fresh eggs, vegetables and bread, among other items, neatly laid out on her table.

She is a firm believer in the value of farmers markets, regardless of location.

When not at a market, she serves as secretary of the Farmers Market Association of Iowa.

“In recent years, farmers markets have increased in popularity,” she said. “Nevada has started one and other towns are becoming more active with theirs.”

The Farmers Market on Main, hosted by the Marshalltown Central Business District, is held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. each Thursday until October.