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Farmers’ market to mark return May 4

The Vicksburg Farmers’ Market is growing something tremendously special this year.

Not only will it once again feature fresh fruits and vegetables when it opens Saturday, May 4, it will also this year debut a renewed venue at the corners of Washington and Jackson Streets.

Crews have battled significant wet weather during the construction process, but they are close to completing the nearly $150,000 project that will turn the former grass lot into a multi-use park, complete with sidewalks and a stage, and make it handicapped accessible.

“We are so excited about the improvements,” said market manager Rebecca Tarver. “We had a number of people tell us over the years that they were not able to come to the market because it was not handicapped accessible. Now they will be able to come out.”

Tarver said in addition to the traditional vendors selling fruits, vegetables, canned items and jams, this year will also feature live music, smaller garden growers and those selling hand-made crafts.

Tarver said the park will also pay homage to someone who will not be at this year’s market.

“I know how much she would have loved to have seen the new park and all of the improvements,” Tarver said of long-time Vicksburg resident and avid Farmers’ Market supporter Mary Louise Nosser who died in March. “We are still going to have tables out to play checkers just like she would have wanted.”

While some of the final touches of the market are still being completed, the market will set up out front of the park. But, once the park is completed, Tarver said the new layout of the sidewalks, will allow for a great experience.

The market opens up at 8 a.m. and will close at 11 a.m. each Saturday through July 27. The Wednesday markets, which will begin later in June, will open at 4:30 p.m. and close at 6 p.m

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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