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Farmers’ market boasts repeat vendors

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The Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market will see several repeat vendors when it opens Monday, May 5.

Out of the 16 vendors signed up for the 2014 season, the only new vendor so far is Sea Love Sea Salt, said Katie Ryan, parks and recreation program supervisor during the Monday, April 7 Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting.

Created by Wrightsville Beach resident Amanda Jacobs, Sea Love Sea Salt features natural sea salt and sea salt body scrub varieties.

“That’s the only new one so far,” Ryan said. “… It’s packaged very nicely.”

One substantial change for this season will be that all vendors, except those growing produce in the ground, must register with the North Carolina Department of Revenue and pay sales tax.

The market manager must also keep track of certificates with registration numbers.

“It’s going to apply to [N.C.] Holiday Flotilla too,” Ryan said.

As soon as the new American Red Cross Babysitter Training course, scheduled for May 17, was announced, two students signed up for the class.

Since then no more students have registered, Ryan said. The class is open to ages 11-15, and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fran Russ Recreation Center.

The day before the babysitter training, May 16, the parks and recreation department is offering the first standup paddleboard, kayak and standup paddleboard yoga workshop free of charge.

The workshop, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m., at the Fran Russ Recreation Center, will be an introduction to the sports before actually going out in the water. About 35 participants have already signed up.

“It’s just a nice introduction,” Ryan said.

There was no new business during the April 7 meeting, but members also discussed the previously proposed dog park location now being used for a commercial parking lot. See related story on the front page.

Chairman Greg Files was absent from the meeting.

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