Farm­ers Mar­ket re­turn­ing to Rock­mart next week

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The Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket is quickly near­ing its re­turn, and on Jan. 18, lo­cals will once again be able to pur­chase farm-fresh pro­duce, meats, and sweets ev­ery Thurs­day from 2 through 6 p.m. on Wa­ter Street.

The mar­ket’s re­turn will mark the end of a 3-week hol­i­day break, and there are no more planned hia­tuses un­til next win­ter.

While orig­i­nally plan­ning to shorten the hours of the win­ter mar­ket, the 2 through 6 p.m. sched­ule lo­cals have be­come ac­cus­tomed to will be main­tained.

Fan fa­vorite ven­dors will re­turn to sell win­ter pro­duce such as col­lards, kale, turnip greens, car­rots, cau­li­flower, and much more.

With more time to sell and plenty of ven­dors sell­ing, mar­ket ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Shonna Kirk­patrick is look­ing to make 2018 a solid year for lo­cal farm­ers.

“This year at the Rock­mart Farmer’s Mar­ket, we re­solve to con­tin­u­ally strive to pro­vide our com­mu­nity to buy and sell whole­some, lo­cal foods,” Kirk­patrick said.

Also soon to re­turn are the cook­ing classes. Jan. 13 will mark the first in­stall­ment of 2018’s Kids Cook­ing Se­ries where lo­cal youth will have an op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice their hy­giene, cut­ting, and cook­ing skills on win­ter themed dishes.

Later, on Jan. 16, the sec­ond edi­tion of the 6-weeks cook­ing course will be­gin, and stu­dents will be in­structed on var­i­ous cook­ing tech­niques and dishes via one les­son per week.

Prices vary per class and type, but the av­er­age is ap­prox­i­mately $ 5.50. More in­for­ma­tion about pric­ing and for those in­ter­ested in sign­ing up, reg­is­tra­tion can be found at http://www.rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ up­com­ing-classes. “The class will fo­cus on us­ing the win­ter har­vest to pre­pare de­light­ful warm win­ter recipes,” Kirk­patrick said.

“The kids will be pre­par­ing sev­eral dishes in­clud­ing soup and a warm salad. Tak­ing healthy in­gre­di­ents from the mar­ket to cre­ate kid-friendly recipes.”

The mar­ket will con­tinue to ac­cept food stamps and of­fer the Ge­or­gia Fresh for Less Pro­gram through Whole­some Wave, Ge­or­gia.

This pro­gram al­lows food stamp par­tic­i­pants to dou­ble the amount they spend at the mar­ket. Up to $50 can be dou­bled per per­son us­ing their SNAP card at ev­ery mar­ket.

Bring your SNAP card to the green mar­ket booth at the weekly mar­ket and take ad­van­tage of this pop­u­lar pro­gram.

Those who want to sup­port the lo­cal side of eat­ing should con­sider vis­it­ing the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket.

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Pre­serves will be one of the many items on sale when the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket re­turns next week.

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