Natchez Farmer’s Market re-opens

Published 12:59 am Sunday, June 13, 2010

NATCHEZ — For those wondering where they were going to get their locally-grown produce this summer, there’s good news — the Alcorn State Extension Service’s Farmer’s Market re-opened Saturday.

The farmer’s market, which was formerly located in the same space as the Main Street Marketplace Café, had to move after St. Mary Basilica took over the space for its new family life center.

Because of that the market didn’t have a home at the beginning of the growing season, but Saturday ASU Marketing Director Helen D. Brooks cut the ribbon on the market’s new location at 199 St. Catherine St., near the Forks of the Road.

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The market was — and is — looking for a home in the downtown area, and Brooks said the directors put out the word they were looking for a new location, but were only able to find properties for lease.

“With the season getting closer and closer, we needed to get a place to get into, and this place was on our list (of properties for lease),” she said.

While the market will be open at its current location all summer, the directors are still looking for a location to buy.

“That way, when we get in a place, we’re there to stay,” Brooks said.

Just like at its old location, the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Those who want to sell their produce there should go to the market and fill out a booth rental application, Brooks said.

The rental fee for a 10-foot-by-10 foot booth is $10.

Saturday’s grand opening featured several vendors, and Brooks said she expects more in coming weeks.

“As the season goes on, our variety of produce and the amount available grows,” she said.

Producer Bill Green said the opening hours for the market were busy, with people walking over from a nearby apartment complex.

“I think any location for the market will work for us as long as the community comes out,” he said. “Everybody loves fresh vegetables.”

Rosie Jenkins was one of those in the neighborhood who said she likes the new location, especially that it is so close to her senior citizens’ apartment community.

“We are looking for some vegetables all the time,” she said.