Farmers Market returning to Rockmart next week
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.rockmartfarmersmarket.com/ 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.
Preserves will be one of the many items on sale when the Rockmart Farmers Market returns next week.