Downtown farmers' market teeming with activity

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. The pavilion bustles with vendors and customers, and the smell of fresh fruits and vegetables hangs heavy in the air.
“So far, we’re very pleased with the produce our vendors have been bringing and the customers that have been coming out to support us,” said Allie West, program associate for the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which operates the market.
Right now the offerings include red and green tomatoes, berries, peaches, greens, squash and zucchini, new potatoes, spring onions, green beans, radishes, carrots, beets, peppers, fresh flowers, honey and baked goods.
“It’s still a little early for corn, but some of our farmers do have corn planted,” West said.
All 26 permanent stalls at the market have been rented for the season, which ends in October, and other vendors will be allowed in as space becomes available.
Tupelo High School art students continue to work on a mural on a wall on the north side of the market and hope to be finished by the end of the month.
“They’ve made great progress on it and now they’re waiting on additional scaffolding so they can paint the top part of the mural,” West said.
The market also has some activities planned for the third Saturday of every month. On June 16, dulcimer players will entertain and children’s activities will be offered.
The market is located on South Spring Street beside the railroad tracks. Regular market days and hours are Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. until about noon.
For more information, call (662) 841-6598.

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