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Marking 10 years of local flavor
2017 MainStreet Farmers Market opening Saturday
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The Statesboro MainStreet Farmers Market opens for its 10th season Saturday in the parking lot of the downtown Sea Island Bank. In this Herald file photo from 2015, Lauren Cox, right, and Amanda Burns sample herbs from a vendor. The market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. through November. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

The Downtown Statesboro MainStreet Farmers Market opens Saturday for its 10th year of bringing fresh local produce, crafts and a variety of vendors and activities for visitors to enjoy.

Fresh vegetables and fruits, locally produced honey eggs and dairy items and ready-to-eat foods are only part of the deal. The weekly seasonal market pairs with other local events, said Melanie Sparrow, market manager.

“This is our 10th anniversary, so we have additional special events planned for this year,” she said.

The MainStreet Market is located downtown at the Charlie Olliff Square at 2 East Main Street. From April to November, it opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 12:30 p.m.

“This Saturday is our April Fool's Day Market,” she said. “We are asking customers to visit the information booth to participate.”
There will be live music from Mary Hannah Samples, as well as vendors offering “food samples, returning vendors with new prepared foods and a few new vendors later in the month including Sylvie's Crepes,” Sparrow said. “The seasonal food to look for at the market right now - strawberries!”

Coming the following Saturday, the MainStreet Market will partner with the Averitt Center for the Arts during the “Bowls in the Boro” event April 8.

The Averitt Center “will be selling their ceramic bowls for $10 and those bowls can be taken to participating (market) vendors to fill with samples or to purchase meals from” she said.

The MainStreet Market will collaborate with the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority April 22 for the “Spring into Statesboro” event.

The family celebration includes free children’s activities with Georgia Southern University recreation students’ Arbor Day events, and opportunities to contribute to the Keep Bulloch Beautiful Great American Cleanup efforts. Stores downtown will have sidewalks sales as well, according to the DSDA Facebook page.

Next month, the weekly markets will bring even more to the table, Sparrow said.

“In May we have a great line-up of musical groups around town, including the Statesboro Chamber Orchestra, School of Rock, and Statesboro Ensemble Youth groups, just to name a few. We have musicians lined-up for all markets through mid-June. “

An incentive for customers using EBT can sweeten the deals at the market, too, with the EBT Double Dollars program. Customers who spend up to $25 EBT dollars can get twice the value, she said.

If Saturday’s aren’t convenient, the GSU Campus Farmer's Market is open every Thursday until April 27 in the Russell Union from 4-6:30 p.m., and the

Market2Go, online market is available all year at https://statesboromarket2go.locallygrown.net/.

Sparrow said further information, as well as an opportunity to sign up for a newsletter, is available online at statesborofarmersmarket.com.

 

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

 

 

 

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