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Farmers Market adds evening twist
Tuesday's theme: Shopping by Lantern Light
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     The Main Street Farmers' Market will offer folks one more chance to shop for locally grown foods before their market season comes to an end. The parking lot of the downtown Sea Island Bank will, once again, be the sight of the Market. It is set for Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      "Shopping by Lantern Light" is the creative idea of farmer John Beblowski, who was one of the founders of the local market.
      "Farmers in the northeast, where I grew up, have an event like this where they bring lanterns and allow people a chance to shop in the early evenings when they get off of work," Beblowski said. "I think that this is a good way to have people of our area come to gather before Thanksgiving and buy what they need from local farmers for their holiday meals. Even if they are not cooking and they are eating with someone else, our fresh foods make good gifts to take along."
      The lanterns will provide some extra light and add to the nostalgic atmosphere when the parking area is turned into a bustling and colorful market place, Tuesday. Some of the offerings will include greens, sweet potatoes, heirloom hot house tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, eggs, and honey.
      Boyds' Barbeque will have pre-ordered smoked turkeys to pick up that evening. Also, "kits" for southern cornbread stuffing will be available along with rolls, cakes, pies and cookies and locally roasted coffees and organic teas. There will be community music performances to enjoy, and hot cider and roasted nuts.
      "We hope that this may become an annual Thanksgiving event unique to Statesboro, which gives us one more opportunity to come together to support our local economy and to share a sense of community and as an expression of gratitude for our many blessings", said Debra Chester one of the market organizers.
      Contact the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority at 764-7227 for more information.

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