Inclement weather Saturday won’t stop the Statesboro Main Street Farmers make from opening in the Charlie Olliff Square downtown.
“We’re always there, kind of like the postmen,” said director Deborah Chester. “Unless there is a hurricane, we will be there.”
The market, which begins its 10th year, opens Saturday, April 2, a 9 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., she said.
New vendors include Bootleg Farms, offering a variety of goat cheeses; Matthews’ Strawberries; Red Dog Circle Ranch’s “The Crepery,” offering freshly made crepes and a homemade hazelnut spread; Savannah Oatmeal Company with several flavors of oatmeal, and Kim’s Cheese Straws, she said.
Other vendors will return, offering locally grown and crafted foods and goods.
Incentives for EBT consumers mean double value through a two-for-one program sponsored by the Georgia Wholesome Wave program, and all first-time shoppers will get $5 worth of tokens towards purchases, plus other incentives for future visits, thanks to Georgia Organics, she said.
After its first year a Georgia Southern University’s botanical gardens, the Statesboro Main Street Farmers’ Market has been held downtown next to Sea Island Bank on East Main Street, Chester said.
This year promises to be yet another successful season, bringing more local produce and related products to consumers, as well as welcoming a new board of directors to the scene, she said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.