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Farmers’ market growing wild

SYLVESTER, Ga. — The city of Sylvester will soon have its own downtown farmers’ market, according to Brittany Evans, downtown enhancement director and farmers’ market manager.

The market will open at the downtown train depot on May 5 and celebrate its grand opening through the end of November.

“Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, the Downtown Sylvester Farmers’ Market will offer products, crafts and various items grown in Worth and neighboring counties,” Evans said.

Evans said the market is designed to create a strong sense of community by implementing a venue for consumers to meet local growers, which in turn will give the consumers confidence in the products they buy. Evans said that market vendors will accept EBT food stamps as payment for qualified goods.

According to Evans, the farmers’ market will maintain a diverse balance of fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, homemade breads, jams, jellies and other food-based goods. For many food products, tasting will be allowed, Evans said, calling the market plan “culturally unique.”

Evans said that farmers and producers of all kinds are welcome to submit their applications to the Sylvester Downtown Enhancement Office before the first market week in which the vendors intend to participate. Goods sold to the public must have been grown or produced by the seller.

Evans said the Downtown Sylvester Farmers’ Market plans to hold food demonstrations on a regular basis. During the demonstrations, there will be opportunities to learn canning techniques, recipes or planning for meals.

“We’ll be focusing on the wholesome, fresh and natural products grown and made in our region,” Evans said. “And we want to make it a lot of fun for the whole family.”

For vendor applications, call Evans at (229) 430-7735 or e-mail bevans@cityofsylvester.com.