By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Area growers will make their annual debut at the Tupelo Farmers’ Market on Saturday at the season’s grand opening.
Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which operates the market, said all 26 stalls have been reserved for the season.
“We don’t know what produce we’ll have for sure due to the weather, but we will have some early crops and strawberries,” she said. “We’re not sure how many vendors will be there.”
The market will open at 6 a.m., with the official ribbon-cutting at 7:45 a.m. “Garden Mama,” aka Nellie Neal, will be at the market from 8 to 10 a.m. talking with customers, giving radio interviews and answering questions.
The market will be sporting a new roof this season, thanks to funds from Quality of Life, Project for Public Spaces and market fundraisers.
“We’ve been saving money to make capital improvements,” Brangenberg said. “We also have some new landscaping.”
There are still a few tickets available for the second annual Feast for the Farmers’ Dinner tonight at 7 under the market shed. Dinner will be provided by downtown Tupelo restaurants and there will be live music by HanaLena.
Tickets are $35 each or $50 per couple and may be purchased through the DTMSA or by calling (662) 841-6598.
THE TUPELO FARMERS’ MARKET will open at 6 a.m. Saturday. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 7:45 a.m. Tonight’s Feast for the Farmers’ Dinner tickets are $35 each or $50 per couple. Call (662) 841-6598 or visit the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association for information.