Fall farmers market coming Friday

Published 5:00 am Thursday, October 8, 2009

The farmers market is preparing for phase two.

Friday morning, growers will be back in Railroad Park with theirfall vegetables, enabling Brookhavenites to pick up fresh homegrownfall harvests of eggplants, okra, squash, tomatoes, beans andpumpkins.

Mississippi State University Extension Service Director RebeccaBates said the market will follow the same guidelines as always,opening at 7:30 a.m. and closing whenever all the produce and goodsare gone.

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“We’re reopening for a short fall market, and how long we stayopen through the fall is really just dependent on the weather,”said Bates.

She said the regular vendors selling fresh-baked goods will alsobe back for the duration of the fall farmers market.

In essence, the market is back by popular demand, Bates said,but it wasn’t just the demand of the consumers.

“The growers and vendors were so exited about how the marketwent this summer that they planned ahead,” she said. “They plantedcrops they knew would be available this time of year.”

The market will be open for at least a few more Friday mornings,Bates said.

“We’re probably looking at a month, possibly longer, dependingon the weather,” she said. “We don’t know what the rains are goingto do or how early the frost date might be.”

Anyone with questions is welcome to call the MSU extensionservice at 601-835-3460.