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20th Anniversary of Farmers Market to be celebrated July 13

Farmers Market

       Featured vendor Michael White has a variety of hand-made items for sale - some that are perfect for the Fourth of July.

        Hang on to your hats! A lot of info in this report. It was a great market day with good weather, lots of customers, and lots of veggies, crafts, baked goods, and information available. 

First up is the PAR, Pickens Animal Rescue, tent with plants, art, magnets, butterfly houses, and even a bat house for sale - 100 percent of proceeds go to PAR. And they really need it. (See below)

The PAR volunteers brought two great dogs, Pumpkin and Kendra, hoping to find them a forever home. Pumpkin has been featured before in the Progress. Pumpkin has been with PAR for a long time and is really very ready for a permanent home. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…… the PAR Rescue Ranch, home for many homeless pets, the Department of Agriculture has told PAR that they must replace the fence. They are currently collecting $5,000 to make this happen. Please stop by their thrift store on North Main to contribute directly or buy some of the great items available. Or stop by the tent!

Next! Pickens County Master Gardeners, sponsors of the Farmers Market, had their plant booth up with many great plant choices also looking for homes. These plants are available for a donation which in turn is helping the 4H. The MGs are also promoting their next great program “Pollinators and Bees” presented by fellow Master Gardener Randy Tudor, our resident bee expert. There is a lot of interesting information that will be presented and it is a free program for the public. It will be held at the Pickens County Extension Office at Lee Newton Park, Saturday July 20th, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Call 706-253-8840 for info.) Don’t forget there will be door prizes and refreshments, as well.

Featured at our market was Michael White with his AM/PM coffee mug and wine glass, one-of-a-kind useful wall decor and wood American Flags for the upcoming 4th of July and all year round display!  Michelle Winter has Little Miss Piggy’s Pork Skin Snacks. They are crunchy and delicious with a great flavor assortment; BBQ, Hot & Spicy, Dill, Salt & Vinegar, Ranch, Cinnamon, and plain for the less adventurous or someone just looking for crunch!

Oh, the veggies are rolling in! Cucumbers, green beans, garlic, onions, potatoes, and squash ready for the pots and pans in your kitchen. The Wednesday afternoon market opens at 2 p.m. so you can double up your deliciousness! 

5 Sons Farms brought in the blueberries!! You can never go wrong with blueberries. So many options; cobblers, cakes, muffins, pie. Or put ‘em in your oatmeal or salads. Top vanilla ice cream or yogurt, add strawberries and you’ve got the Red, White, and Blue going on!

Whirligigs; knitted caps, bibs, and towels; fabulous jewelry; fragrant soaps and lotions; the assortment of quality crafts is terrific! The bakers were busy bees and brought their best. Jelly and preserves are here as well. Specifically, apple and peach preserves are looking so delicious.You won’t go hungry at the market with all the choices.

Of course there were plants for the garden and house plants to pretty up your space, but one vendor offered up several pots of aloe, a great first aid plant for cuts and burns. Aloe is also one of the best plants to improve a home’s air quality. (Spider plant - aka airplane plant - is another.)

Red Bean Harvest sets up their coffee stand and offers delicious cups of hot coffee as well as whole beans to take home. Their own blend is called 5:15, while they also offer an international choice of beans from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Rwanda, and Peru. Plus, they can grind it for you! 

You can also get a nice cup of hot cocoa or a delicious cool cup of peach tea (their own blend) to sip while you shop the market. 

Ok, folks. Now for the big deal. July 13th is going to be our big 20th year celebration of the Farmers Market! There will be two basket giveaways and refreshments. One basket will be filled with crafts and the other will be filled with produce. Each giveaway requires a ticket. (Free!) There are two times to get a ticket. The first tickets are available at 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. for the first basket. The second ticket time is 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. for the second basket. 

Please join us in celebrating the 20th year of our terrific Farmers Market! We are very grateful to have been able to bring the community together by featuring local food and crafts for all these years and truly appreciate our vendors and customers for supporting us! 

The market will be relocating next week, June 29th, to Roper Park because of the Fourth of July celebration. Come find us, please!