Farmer's Market set for opening on Saturday

TUPELO – You may not find tomatoes and watermelons at the Tupelo Farmers’ Market when it opens on Saturday, but you will find the majority of the growers who plan to be there this season.
The market, located on South Spring Street near Clark Street beside the railroad tracks, opens for business at 6 a.m.
“All 26 slots are filled, but all the growers may not be present Saturday,” said Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which operates the market. “We’ve asked all the vendors to be present with a display to show what they will have when the majority of their crops come in.”
The list of what will be available Saturday is nothing to sneeze at. Brangenberg expects new potatoes, English peas, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, spinach, bok choy, arugula, lettuce, basil, beets, cabbage and radishes.
“Some will also have potted plants and herbs, jams and jellies, chow-chow, baked goods, pies and cakes and flowers,” she said.
Live music will begin at 9 a.m. featuring Scott Chism and the Better Half.
“We’ll really start the weekly activities May 14,” Brangenberg said. “The first one is ‘On the Raw Side,’ where local chefs will be demonstrating summer salads. And we’ll have dulcimer players that day, too. Every Saturday, we’ll have a food-related activity or a children’s activity, and entertainment. That’s the plan.”
Regular market days and hours will be Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. until about noon. The market closes for the season on Oct. 29.
For more information, call (662) 841-6598 or visit www.tupelomainstreet.com.

Contact Ginna Parsons at (662) 678-1581 or ginna.parsons@journalinc.com.

Oxford, too
- The Mid-Town Farmers’ Market, located on North Lamar in the Mid-Town Shopping Center in
Oxford, also will be open this Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m.

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