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Lincoln County Farmers Market ripe for picking

Shoppers have just two more chances to stock up on fresh produce and homemade baked goods at the Lincoln County Farmers Market.

The fall market will be open Friday followed by the annual Thanksgiving market Tuesday. Both will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Railroad Park. Rain will move it to Godbolt Transportation Center (Amtrak station).

This was the first time in 10 years that the Mississippi Extension Service hosted a fall market, said county agent Rebecca Bates. They’ve usually held spring markets and then a one-day Thanksgiving market in the fall, but vendors wanted to try something different. Friday will be the last fall market for the year, followed by the sixth annual Thanksgiving market on Tuesday.

Those who make at least one purchase on either day can register for a gift basket filled with items donated by every vendor.

“It’s an end of the fall market ‘thank you,’” Bates said. “We’ll be back in the spring.”

The basket drawing will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Bates is expecting large crowds for the Tuesday event, especially since it will be the last Farmers Market of the year. She said vendors will have fresh produce like broccoli, mustard and turnip greens and possibly kale as well as baked and canned goods and honey. About eight vendors have registered for booths.

“It’s normally a very busy day,” she said. “We’ll have a good array of products that everyone will enjoy.”