Metro-East Living

Swansea Farmers Market to open with plant giveaway on Day of Prayer

Swansea Farmers Market Manager Norm Geolat.
Swansea Farmers Market Manager Norm Geolat.

The Swansea Farmer’s Market opens for the season at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rural King parking lot, at 2801 N. Illinois St. The market closes at 3 p.m.

Norm Geolat, who organizes the annual market, says the opening coincides this year with the National Day of Prayer.

“We’ll have a prayer plant to give to every family that comes,” he says. Last year, he gave away chocolate-covered strawberries on opening day.

Geolat has more than 100 maranta plants, commonly known as prayer plants, to give away to market-goers. The plant tolerates low to bright light and does well as a houseplant.

The Farmer’s Market features food and craft vendors. For more information, go to