Local produce, people found at Brookhaven Farmers Market

Published 2:55 pm Tuesday, June 4, 2024

BROOKHAVEN — A cool breeze greeted any visitors to the Brookhaven Farmers Market Tuesday. The Tuesday market is at the Brookhaven Exchange Club park where it will be held each Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 220 Linton Avenue. 

Brookhaven Farmers Market’s Friday Market is still held in downtown Brookhaven at Railroad Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Ard’s Farm brought bags of blueberries, squash and baked goods to sell to new customers at the farmers market Tuesday. Madi Ard said it was the first year they had sold at the market. 

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“It took hours of picking. We grew them on about 10 to 12 bushes. Our grandfather grew the squash,” Ard said. “We actually really enjoyed meeting new people. It is rewarding to see the stuff you grew. I’m hoping to bring more produce that I’ve grown.” 

Paige Anderson serves as the new market manager this year. She is responsible for scheduling the markets, getting the special vendors and music together. 

Her mind is already thinking ahead to the Ag Day set to be held at the Lincoln Civic Center on June 21. Usually, there are tractors for kids to admire, a petting zoo, interactive games and more. 

“It is our biggest market of the year. It should be a good day,” she said. 

Anderson grows flowers for the market as Paige & Co Flowers. She said one neat thing about Brookhaven’s Farmers Market is how everything is locally grown and sold. It is a certified market. 

“We have about 10 to 15 vendors. We sell everything from flowers to vegetables, baked goods and canned goods,” Anderson said. “This year we will have locally raised lamb, beef, chicken and pork. It is special to have it downtown and in the park. More produce should start coming in pretty soon.” 

Across from the Ard’s Farm table was Destiny Delights. Nekita Jackson runs the booth and sells fresh baked goods including macarons and cookies. She offers other treats such as chocolate covered strawberries and pineapples, strawberry lemonade and more. 

“I’ve been at the farmers market the past three to four years. I enjoy mingling with the community and I enjoy the aspect of farm to table,” Jackson said. 

To her right, Anita Pickett had rows of canned pickles, canned jellies, jams and other sandwich spreads and pickled eggs. She said she has canned foods for most of her life. 

Pickett started selling at the Brookhaven Farmers Market about 12 years ago. 

“I like doing this. It gets me out of the house and gives me something to do. I’ve been doing this for about 12 years now,” Pickett said. “I stay in the kitchen working all day on this. It is something I enjoy doing.”