Expanding upon the farmers market

Published 7:00 am Friday, April 7, 2017

Yesterday marked the start of Poplarville’s newest attraction, a farmers market on the town green.

After much anticipation, the city seized the opportunity to gather local farmers and crafters to share in each other’s company, while providing them with a way to sell their goods.

To me, the concept of a local farmers market is more than just a place where you can buy local produce and cottage industry items; a farmers market is about bringing the community together to support one another.

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It’s a fun day for everyone to try something new, listen to local performers and help them lead a healthier lifestyle.

Buying from a local farm saves you more than just a trip to the grocery store.

More often than not you are also getting better seasonal produce; it may not look as pretty, but the taste and nutrition far exceeds what is shipped in from other states or countries.

In addition to all of these perks, it’s the atmosphere of the market that makes it the most special. Vendors and shoppers alike were abuzz with excitement to participate in this new venture.

Even though it’s technically a business, these vendors are happy to answer any questions you might have about growing produce in your own garden. 

After the success of this new market in Poplarville, I hope that some ideas start to stir in the southern portion of the county so that Picayune residents can enjoy a similar event in the near future.

I believe that the city of Picayune could greatly benefit from having a weekly market at Crosby Commons or elsewhere in town.

Not only would it stimulate the local economy, it would give everyone another opportunity to eat healthier, spend time together and share in the many blessings of our community.

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