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Farmers market kicks off today

Who doesn’t love fresh vegetables?

Starting today, there will be plenty of beans, corn, squash and other veggies for sale when the Brookhaven Farmers Market gets started.

The market will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Railroad Park. The opening day celebration includes a community-wide picnic, sponsored by the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Farm Bureau Insurance.

Farm Bureau will be serving up free hot dogs while supplies last. They will be selling hamburgers for $3, and hamburger and hot dog plates for $5 each. Those come with chips and a drink.

All proceeds from the sale are donated to the Brookhaven Farmers Market for its operating costs, said Chamber President Sam Sones.

The Chamber joined with Farm Bureau to help kick off the market with the picnic and to spotlight local farmers. Entertainer Ralph Miller will provide music for shoppers that morning.

In addition to fruits and veggies, there will be breads, pies and canned goods, too.

While the Friday morning market — 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — will always be at the park next to South Whitworth Avenue, the Tuesday afternoon market is held at Godbold Transportation Center. It starts June 5, and runs every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. into August.

Brookhaven and Lincoln County are fortunate to have a thriving, local farmers market. But the key to its success is you. People have to show up to buy the produce to make the market attractive to vendors. So do your part to ensure its future — load up on healthy fruits and vegetables. You’ll be making Brookhaven a better place, and you’ll have the makings of a delicious meal.