Saturday morning, vendors at the Farmers’ Market had a steady stream of browsers and shoppers examining their wares, which included squash, peaches, tomatoes (both green and red), peppers, potatoes of two varieties, canned goods, and cucumbers, among other things. This Saturday only three vendors were there, but the number varies from week to week. This is not a flea market, yard sale, or craft show. Those type items are not allowed at the Farmers’ Market. The market opened on May 16 and will remain open as long as vendors are there with produce for sale.
Many benefits of local markets exist. They support local farmers and learn from them in addition to providing food in its peak nutritional value. People can take their children and show them where food comes from while also showing them the value of farming. Connecting with the community is yet another value for children and adults.
On Saturdays and Wednesdays, the Appling County Farmers’ Market is open at the pavilion beside Water Works Park and is there to serve the people with fresh vegetables and fruits grown locally as well as homemade jams, jellies, pickles, salsa, bread, etc. It is sponsored by the Baxley/Appling County Board of Tourism. Vendors must purchase a permit for $25, but it will be valid for the whole season. It is open from daylight until, but vendor spaces are not assigned. The first to arrive chooses first. No one can park under the shelter. Vendors must unload their products and then move their vehicles to the parking area. Applicants must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, and any other booth items they need. Everything must be removed from the area before leaving. All processed items must be labeled with the name, address and phone number of the producer, the common name of the food, and a list of ingredients. Vendors are expected to uphold the integrity and reputation of the Farmers’ Market.
The Farmers’ Market Application is online at growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net. For more information, you may call the Chamber of Commerce at 912-367-7731; a complete list of rules is listed there.
Shoppers, come out and see what’s for sale. Enjoy the bounty of the season. I did and I’ll be back next Saturday.