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Thanksgiving farmers market is Tuesday

The turkey will have to come from someplace else, but all the greens, cakes, pies, bread and fine fixings for the week’s big meal can be purchased downtown Tuesday morning at the annual Brookhaven Thanksgiving Farmers Market.

Lincoln County Extension Agent Rebecca Bates said the Thanksgiving market will have all kinds of greens — mustard, turnip, cabbage, kale, snap beans, cucumbers — and a wide selections of cakes, pies, jellies and other homemade delights available at the one-day market, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Railroad Park in downtown Brookhaven.

“Fresh grown and locally made — have things on your Thanksgiving table that come from where you live,” she said. “There will be all kinds of fresh vegetables to cook, as well as pecan pie, sweet potato pie and sourdough bread. We’ve got all your typical Thanksgiving Day foods.”

Vicksburg guitarist and folk singer Ralph Miller will provide easy-listening music, and the Mississippi Gourd Society will be selling decorative gourds and giving lessons on how to craft them.

Admission to the market is free, and prices are low.

Tuesday’s Thanksgiving market will be the last chance for consumers to buy a sack of fresh produce until nearly next summer, when the Brookhaven Farmers Market reopens for 2019.

“It’s hard to give a definite opening date. It just depends on how spring unfolds,” Bates said. “Nine times out of 10, we’re going to be open that first Friday in June, but we have opened a few weeks earlier when we’ve had an early spring. We don’t like to open the market until we have local produce available.”

One thing that will continue in 2019 are the Tuesday afternoon markets.

After poor attendance at the Tuesday markets, held indoors at the Amtrak station north of downtown, in 2017, the farmers market’s board considered shutting them down. But the board decided to give Tuesdays one more year, and attendance was high in 2018 — sometimes higher than the normal Friday morning markets, Bates said.

The Brookhaven Farmers Market still needs more growers, Bates said. The market hasn’t had a new vendor sign up in three years.

“If you grow a garden and have more than you need, you can sell produce at the farmers market to people who don’t have a garden, or aren’t able to garden, and pick up some extra cash,” she said. “A lot of people tell me they give away their vegetables, to neighbors and the elderly and the church, and I totally understand and admire that. But you can probably do both. We need people who are dedicated, who can come to the market each week.”