The Bucket List: Consider taking a short cruise
The Rockmart Farmers Market is now completely in season with new and returning vendors, fall produce, and plenty of October sweets. When the weather permits it, locals can visit every Thursday from 2 through 6 p.m. on Rockmart’s Water Street.
“Spreading Oaks will be bringing plenty of produce including all your fall vegetable needs,” Market Executive Director Shonna Kirkpatrick said. “Morning Glory Farms will be bringing pork and chicken, baked goods, jams and jellies, and fresh vegetables.”
Popular fall items include apples, Brussels sprouts, pears, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, carrots, onions, green beans, cranberry, figs, and much more. Earlier summer items such as tomatoes, peaches, okra, watermelon, or corn may be either gone entirely or in limited supply.
“Footehills Farmhouse will have veggies, soap, and pizza crusts,” Kirkpatrick said. “Ms. Adrianna with Timberland Farms will be bringing grass-fed beef, and stop by Quiet Acres for greens including kale, peppers, eggplant, and lettuces. Stop by Dewey’s for a fried pie along with his jams, jellies, & pickles. We hope Ms. Sue should be at market with all her goodies.”
While prices will vary between vendors, patrons can also still take advantage of the double SNAP feature. The Rockmart Farmers Market will double EBT up to $50, so those in need can leave with double the food for half the cost. Tokens can be collected by visiting Kirkpatrick or another employee at the venue’s front table
Sponsors are still being accepted, and those interested in can visit http:// www.rockmartfarmersmarket.com/ find-us/ to contact Kirkpatrick. Only two major sponsors will be accepted at any given time, and the business must promote healthy living and community improvement to be accepted.
More information about the market and its happenings can be found at http://www.rockmartfarmersmarket. com/.
Cruising is a near-perfect vacation. You board the ship at a port (which is a very short flight from Atlanta or you can drive from Polk County to five ports in 8 hours or less), unpack once and—for one low all-inclusive price— enjoy free meals and entertainment while never having to worry about where to go or what to do next. Just pick from the incredible assortment of activities that are laid out in the ship’s daily program, which is delivered to your stateroom each day. But with precious few days off during the school year and a busy schedule year-round, committing to a traditional 7-night cruise may sound impossible. However, you don’t have to rule out an ocean voyage for your next stress-busting getaway.
Vacations don’t always have to be long escapes. Sometimes you just need to get away for a few days, and shorter cruises are the perfect length for a quick break.
What are the benefits of three- or four-day mini-vacays?
1. It’s a great way for the first-timer to get a taste of ocean cruising. This is simple way to see what you’ve been missing.
2. You’ll get to experience the perks of cruising, many of which are unique to ocean cruising, in just a few days.
3. The short cruises are quite inexpensive. You have very little to risk in terms of time and money.
For the ports nearest Polk County you have the following 4-day cruise destinations during the school year:
Charleston, S.C.: Nassau, Bahamas
Jacksonville, Fla.: Freeport and Nassau Bahamas and Princess Cays
Mobile, Ala.: Cozumel, Mexico
New Orleans, La.: Cozumel
Tampa, Fla.: Cozumel, Key West, and Havana, Cuba
If you have a flexible schedule some of these cruises are priced such that a couple can cruise for less than $800; including cruise fare, taxes, port fees, and gratuities.
Add up what you’d spend on a weekend land getaway on hotel, food, shopping and entertainment. It’s often more than the cost of a short cruise. Talk to your friends and family about experiencing a shorter cruise.
Finally, a short cruise out of Port Canaveral (Orlando) or even Miami or Ft. Lauderdale is a fantastic “add-on” to a visit to Universal Orlando or Walt Disney World theme parks.
Ready to book your next dream vacation or want to learn more about what is best for you? Contact your local Cruise Planner Vacation Specialist at 678-901-0993.