Optimism surrounds push for farmers market in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN – As more northeast Mississippi cities fall into the farmers’ market trend, Aberdeen is taking steps to form a committee to take the lead in a localized market’s operations.
At the retiree town hall meeting Feb. 27, Mayor Cecil Belle shared his enthusiasm in starting one as early as April.
“As soon as the board of aldermen approves it, the committee will secure the location and coordinate with vendors. This will allow for a dedicated place for local farmers to sell produce instead of having peddlers spread throughout town,” Belle said.
Possible locations include the former Sonic location on Highway 145, the former cotton compress across from the Monroe County Detention Center and the vacant concrete area behind City Hall. Citizens Chris and Frankie Provias have also expressed donating land on West Washington Street.
The city is reviewing bi-laws of surrounding farmers market and has coordinated with Mississippi State Extension agriculture economics professor Albert Myles in a plan. Belle suggested requiring the growers to purchase a permit to sell their items.

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I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.