Farmers’ market comes to life Saturday

Published 10:22 am Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spring is in the air and that means it is once again time for the farmers’ market to return to downtown Vicksburg.

Seasonal fruits and vegetables will be just some of the items highlighted by vendors beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The market will run for 13 consecutive Saturdays, as well as Wednesday evenings from 3-6 p.m., with the final market being held the last Saturday of July.

“We are mainly a farmers’ market, but we do have some crafts,” market manager Sonny Hale said.

They are expecting 12 vendors this weekend, but Hale said that number could change if the recent storms damaged some vendors’ crops.

The market is held the corner of Washington and Jackson Streets and is free to attend. Customers will have a chance to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables directly from the people that grew and harvested them.

“It benefits the customer because they can talk to the person and ask what they put on it,” Hale said.

Vendors interested in participating can apply online at vicksburgfarmersmarket.org. A season pass to attend every market costs $125, or vendors can pay $15 per market. If you choose to pay by day, the $15 to attend Saturday’s market includes a free spot Wednesday.

“If it’s something that will benefit the market, we will be glad to take them,” Hale said. “We are always looking for something unique.”

Arts and crafts vendors are limited to selling homemade items.

“We are ready to go,” Hale said. “We are exited about it and looking forward to a good season.”