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Wind River Farmers Market Reopens After Pandemic Forces Pause

Signa McAdams
Wyoming Public Radio

Located in the parking lot of the Frank Wise building in Fort Washakie, the Wind River Farmer's Market is back after a year-long pause due to COVID-19. Numerous vendors gathered to sell beadwork, locally made jams, stew, fry bread and much more.

Victoria Friday sells Italian sodas and said that she’s excited to return to business.

"It's affected us a lot on the Reservation. But I'm glad to be back. I'm glad we’re out here selling again. It's great to be outdoors. Actually, I love the sun, I've missed it," she said.

Vendors from throughout Wind River provide a sense of community by providing locally sourced products.

Tim Thomas grows crops that he offers at these markets.

"We got into growing the Native soup corn about 18 years ago and we do our own seeds and things like that," said Thomas.

Thomas not only offers soup corn, but also beadwork, soap and fresh eggs.

The farmers market is every Thursday through October starting at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. Updates on schedule changes or vendor information can be found on the Wind River Farmers Market Facebook page.

Signa McAdams is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and from the Wind River Indian Reservation.
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