A Sustainable Market
The Western Front
April 8, 2017
Faces were cheerful despite overcast skies at the first Saturday Farmers Market of the season.
People donning hats and rain jackets gathered to witness the annual tradition of the cabbage toss, usually performed by the mayor or other city official.
The cabbage toss is the farmers market equivalent to the ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game and is a tradition held for the past 25 years, Market Director Caprice Teske said.
Since the mayor was unable to attend, the honor was bestowed upon Solveig Sneva, a third-grader and this year’s “cabbage princess.” A crowd of about 40 people gathered to watch Solveig throw a cabbage to celebrate the market’s opening day.
While wearing a cabbage-themed dress and holding a cookie, Solveig said her favorite part about the market is going around and talking to the vendors.
Shelby Sneva, Western alumna and mother of Solveig, has sold her leather crafts at the market for four years.
“I think the market really brings together the community,” Sneva said.