Crafts at the Farmers Market

You can find handspun yarn from the Potwin Fiber Artisans and handwoven shawls at the Art Annex II. Watch for busy spinning wheels at the Downtown market.

I know most people go to the farmers market to find farm-fresh vegetables and homemade goodness. And while I am definitely included in that group I also go to the market to see what people create in my community. It is an amazing place to find special and totally unique items that are “not found in stores”!

Topeka is lucky to have five amazing markets to go to almost every week in the summer and fall. Here are a few examples of the many unique items you can find at the Downtown Farmers Market.

Say “Howdy!” to this cowboy from Intarsia Woodworking.

You’ll find woodworking, weaving, knitting, crochet, hand-thrown pottery, fused glass, jewelry, felting, painting, photography, and more! Have you seen the bird boots? They will make your birds happy!

Oh, you didn’t know we have five farmers markets in Topeka?  Here’s the scoop:

Downtown Topeka Farmers Market
Every Saturday, April 14 – November 3 from 7:30-12:00
@ 12th and Harrison St, South of the Judicial Building.

Capitol Mid-Week Farmers Market
Every Wednesday, May 16 – October 17 from 7:30-12:00
@ 10th Ave & Jackson St

Off the Avenue Farmers Market
Every Friday, May 18 – October 19 from 9:00-1:00
@ 8th St & Kansas Ave

Monday Market at the Library
Every Monday, June 4 – October 8 from 8:00-11:30
@ 10th Ave & Garfield Ave

NOTO Arts Market
First Friday of each month, July – October from 5:30-8:30
@ North Kansas Ave and Veteran’s Park, under the bridge

Are you inspired by a craft and you want to try your hand at it? Check out the library’s collection of crafts resources on a whole array of topics.

You can find me at the Media Desk and helping people with their Interlibrary Loan requests. I love to talk (and learn more) about spinning, knitting, weaving, crochet and any other fiber arts you can mention. Need assistance with a pattern or technique? I might be able to help. I am currently reading (and being inspired by) An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler, The Circle by Dave Eggers, and Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. Current projects: making special gifts for new babies, cooking new recipes, discovering old (but new-to-me) crochet stitches, and getting my floor loom warped.