Libby knows about the changes at farmers markets on another level. She was market manager for the Carbondale Community Farmers Market in 2019 and 2020. The winter market was held indoors at a high school in 2019, but in 2020, under pandemic restrictions, the high school could no longer offer those facilities.
“We had to find a new location,” she said.
They relocated to a local mall, but pandemic rules forced them to reduce the number of vendors by half, she said.
On their 37-acre Glaciers End farm near Johnston City, the Ervins grow apples, pears, peaches, blackberries and veggies including peppers for their hot sauce. They raise a few chickens and use the hickory trees to make a unique syrup.
With Derek’s love for geology in mind, the couple named the farm, nestled in Williamson County in southern Illinois, for its location where Ice Age glaciers reached their southern end. They moved there from Chicago when Derek inherited the…