Ferriday hosting market

Published 12:08 am Saturday, July 6, 2013

FERRIDAY — Miss-Lou residents looking for a fresh vegetable need look no further than Ferriday.

The town will host its inaugural farmers market today inside Rockabilly Plaza and the former Haney’s Big House, on the corner of North First Street and Texas Avenue, Alderman Elijah Banks said.

Banks said the market opens as soon as vendors are ready, though he suggested showing up at 10 a.m. Vendors begin setting up at 6 a.m.

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The market will include vegetables, crafts and a live band, Banks said. He said the band will start playing at noon inside the former Haney’s Big House.

“It’s going to be a mix of everything, kind of like a flea market,” he said. “We hope to have a good turnout so we can continue with the market.”

Banks said he talked to approximately 34 vendors, who were interested in participating.

Ferriday will not charge vendors to sell products, Mayor Gene Allen said during the town’s July 2 Board of Alderman meeting.

During the meeting, the board voted down a measure to allocate nearly $6,000 to the farmers market, but Banks said the show must go on.

“The farmers market is a great thing for the Town of Ferriday,” he said. “We are going to keep the market going until people feel like stopping.”