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Farmers Market returns Saturday
In this file photo, flanked by a pickup truck full of turnip greens, Marie Robinson of Robinson's Produce, top left, sells an apple pie to Kim Brannen during the Main Street Farmers' Market "Shopping by Lantern Light." - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

With spring weather finally showing its face in Statesboro, the crowds will likely be large Saturday morning as the seventh year of the Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market gets underway.

Debra Chester, the chairwoman for the market, said two new vendors will bring additions to the popular event.

Three Tree Coffee Roasters, a local business, will be sure to provide the tantalizing aroma of freshly roasted coffee, and Verdant Kitchen from Chatham County specializes in products made with ginger, turmeric and cumin. These include ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger snaps and candies.

"We will have everything from meat to dairy, produce, honey, eggs and more," she said.

Music, exhibits and food demonstrations also will be featured.

Consumers who receive food stamps will be able to take advantage of a special partnership with Georgia Wholesale Wave, meaning for every dollar spent using the EBT card on which food stamp money is available, they get twice the value - $2 credit for each $1 spent, she said.

Another incentive to draw new customers is a partnership with Georgia Organics that enables the market to offer first-time customers a $5 token toward their purchases. On their next two visits they will receive other gifts, Chester said.

If Saturday mornings are inconvenient for visitors, there will be another location and day for the Downtown Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market. Beginning in May, on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bulloch County Parks and Recreation's Honey Bowen Building on Max Lockwood Drive, consumers can enjoy the park's picnic and playground area as they shop. Like the Saturday morning event, there will be food demonstrations, educational exhibits and music.

The market also conducts events on the Georgia Southern University campus on alternate Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during spring and fall semesters.

The Saturday morning market draws about 1,100 visitors each week. This year, the market has a new manager - Beth Harrell Akin is joining the efforts to promote and help operate the market.

For more information, contact the Downtown Development Authority at (912) 764-7227 or visit You can also download the Farmers Market app on the Apple App Store.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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