Folk Art on the River today in New Albany

NEW ALBANY – The farmers’ market in New Albany is more like a festival than it is a market.

The Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market already offered more than expected, with free biscuits, jam, coffee and music, but one Saturday out of the month, there will also be art, storytelling, yoga and more.

The next Folk Art on the River is 7 a.m. to noon today in downtown New Albany.

“It’s a great event so everyone can explore and celebrate our hill country art and culture, and it gets everybody outside and enjoying nature,” said Micha Foster, an event organizer.

In addition to more than 30 food vendors at the market, arts vendors will be on hand, too.
“We’ll have everything from paintings and sculptures to salvage wood furniture, wooden handmade ice cream scoops, recycled windows and old furniture,” Foster said.

Breakfast food will be for sale, including breakfast casserole and grits, made using locally-produced ingredients.

There’s a Pickers Art Contest, in which people are given a map to local second hand and antique stores and are challenged to create a piece of art based on what they find there. That starts at 7 a.m., and a winner is picked at noon.

The Union County Heritage Museum is hosting a quilt square art show. The Cake Walkers will provide music starting at 9 a.m. Disc golf and community yoga will also be at the market.
Kids arts’ activities will be happening all morning.

Wee Folk Hour is at 10 a.m., and kids can hear stories and learn about plants from storyteller Sherra Owen. The Tallahatchie River Players will tell stories, too.

A farm tour wraps up the day. A shuttle will take folks to Wise Family Farms in Pontotoc at noon.

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