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Fall Farmers Market planned at Railroad Park

The Lincoln County Farmers Market — the fall edition — opens for business Oct. 6.

In 10 years, the farmers market has never had a fall season market.

“We’ve been taking a look at how the fall crops are doing with the excessive rainfall we’ve had,” said Rebecca Bates, county agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We wanted to wait and make sure that we would have enough produce available before deciding to do this.”

The farmers market has plans to run every Friday throughout the month of October and the first three weeks in November.

It will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Railroad Park in downtown Brookhaven.

Organizers will also hold the annual Thanksgiving market Nov. 21 in Railroad Park. That’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The market will be open 7:30 a.m. to noon on that day as well.

“We want people to be able to pick up their Thanksgiving goods, such as fresh veggies and baked goods for the Thanksgiving table,” said Bates.

After Thanksgiving, they are going to “play it by ear” on how long the market stays open, she said. As long as produce is available and the market members want to keep it open, they will.

Some of the produce available this fall includes mustard, turnip and collard greens, as well as lettuce and spinach.

“We’re also going to have things like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. It’s going to be  fall and winter type vegetables,” said Bates. “We will also have our regular vendors there selling baked goods, fresh farm eggs, canned goods, breads, cakes, cookies and local honey.”

Bates said they plan to have live music in the park on several dates. She said Farm Bureau will be back cooking hamburgers.

“This is great for Brookhaven,” Bates said. “I’m looking forward to getting back in Railroad Park and visiting with friends and people that I’ve met through the years doing this. The atmosphere is great.”