Raw fruits and vegetables at two area farmers markets will be about as fresh as can be found — considering they likely are coming from farms and gardens in Bartow and surrounding counties.
Visitors to Cartersville’s weekly farmer’s market on opening day Saturday, June 1, were to have their pick of some leafy greens, baked goods, fresh honey and more.
Homegrown hydroponic lettuce, arugula and field greens was set to be on sale to begin the season for the market Saturday, June 1, said Lillie Read, director of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority.
Cartersville’s farmer’s market operates weekly on Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to noon, from June to September at 1 Friendship Plaza near City Hall in the historic downtown area.
Green vegetables were scheduled to be available along with fresh eggs, culinary herbs, local honey, jams and jellies, various baked goods, ornamental plants, raw goat’s milk for pets, natural soap products and handmade crafts.
The market will feature about 30 vendors on opening day Saturday, June 1. Live music, local coffee, a planting activity for children and more also are planned, according to the event’s Facebook page.
More fruits, vegetables and vendors will be added as the market season continues, Read said.
“We’re really hoping to see the market take off and grow from this point on,” she said.
Area farmers had been selling produce and crafts in the downtown area for years before the current version of the market formally organized in 2013, Read said.
Vendors tend to be from northwest Georgia — primarily farmers from the Bartow County area with a few from surrounding counties such as Paulding or Floyd, Read said.
Read said rain does not deter the market from opening.
“We are a dedicated group so you can rely on us to be at the market each Saturday, rain or shine,” she said.
Market officials allow most locally produced food, plants and crafts to be sold at the venue, according to the market’s guidelines and rules.
They also do not allow sales of items for resale, such as typically seen at flea markets; mass-produced products and other items listed on the guidelines and rules.
For more information and vendor applications, visit https://downtowncartersville.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-Farmers-Market-Application.pdf; or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CartersvilleFarmersMarket/.
Meanwhile, on the north side of the county, Adairsville will begin its weekly farmer’s market on June 15 rather than June 1 as originally considered, its organizer said.
Some vendors requested a later date because of the area’s unusual weather patterns this growing season, said Bethany Brady, events coordinator for the city.
Adairsville’s Farmers Market is scheduled to operate Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Aug. 31 on the downtown Public Square, located off Old U.S. 41.
The city-operated market is in its third year of operation. It had eight applications for vending spots with up to 10 more expected, Brady said.
Jams, jellies, fresh flowers and fresh herbs, such as chives, mint, bee balm, chamomile and sage will be available, as well. Some vendors will offer essential oils, homemade soaps, candles and more, she said.
“We are expanding our market this year to anything homemade, so we welcome any and all unique homemade items,” she said.
“With our market beginning on June 15, there is plenty of time to submit an application to participate in the market,” she said.
For more information and a vendor’s application, visit https://tinyurl.com/y4tcta8d.
Throughout the summer, the market will feature corn, tomatoes, green beans, peas, potatoes, okra, lettuce, onions, beets, cantaloupe and watermelon, she said.
All vendors likely will come from north Bartow to begin the season, Brady said.
She added the market will be open on a rain or shine basis.