Tupelo Farmers’ Market opens Saturday

lifestyle_foodBy Ginna Parsons

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Farmers’ Market will officially open for its 15th season Saturday at 6 a.m.

The days events will include the “Garden Mama” radio show, presentations by Lee County Master Gardeners, musical entertainment, a chef demonstration, children’s activities and farm-fresh produce.

The market is located on South Spring Street near Clark Street, right beside the railroad tracks.

“We’re ready,” said Jessica Hollinger, marketing associate for the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. “We’ve been working for the last month to prepare for opening day of the market. The farmers have some good crops ready.”

Early offerings will include English peas, new potatoes, strawberries, cabbage, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and tomatoes.

“Garden Mama,” aka Nellie Neal, will be at the market from 8 to 10 a.m. talking with customers, taping her live radio show and answering questions.

The Lee County Master Gardeners will present an event from 10 to 11 a.m. called “A Celebration of Gardens” at the Community Garden on South Spring Street, featuring speakers, a children’s program and a Monarch butterfly release.

As part of the market’s grand opening, the third annual “Feast for the Farmers” fundraising dinner is tonight at 7 under the market shed.

Food for the meal will be provided by BBQ by Jim, Café 212, Fairpark Grill, Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen, Native Son Farm, Neon Pig, Papa V’s, Park Heights, Romie’s, Rosie’s, South, St Bethany Fresh and the Stables.

Tickets for the dinner are $30 each or $50 per couple. Call (662) 841-6598 for more information.

ginna.parsons@journalinc.com