Farmer Spotlight: Elmer Handshoe

Regulars of the Knott County Farmers Market expect to see the red Ford pick-up backed into the pavilion. In fact, many days the line forms before Elmer Handshoe has time to drop his tail gate. Handshoe has been a staple at the Knott County Farmers Market since the market opened in 2015, and is adored for his corn, various heirloom beans, and potatoes. This year, despite less than favorable growing conditions, Handshoe produced his best year yet and was a strong supporter of the launch of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. 

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with $28 vouchers to purchase fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from eligible vendors at our Market. Knott County boasted a higher-than-average redemption rate of 74% over the past season.

When asked about the program, Handshoe noted, “The Senior Vouchers are the best thing we have ever done. We’re helping our folks, and that adds money for us producers, too. This year will be my highest sales season yet.”

You can help us ensure this program continues (and grows!) for the 2020 Farmers Market with a tax-deductible gift to our Foodways program. Donate today!