Fall crops com­ing back to Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket soon

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

Leaves are fi­nally chang­ing col­ors and the pro­duce avail­able at the Rock­mart farm­ers mar­ket is chang­ing along­side the sea­sons. In only two weeks, fall pro­duce will start to be­come avail­able, and a few fa­vorite items will say farewell.

“Fall crops are in the ground, peas are in har­vest, mus­cadines are on the vine, and sec­ond crops of sum­mer veggies are be­gin­ning to make it to mar­ket,” ex­ec­u­tive director Shonna Kirk­patrick said.

The last of the peaches are be­ing sold, but ap­ples, cauliflower, pears, sweet pota­toes, and more are grow­ing strong. Sweets, meats, jams, jel­lies, and other bak­ery foods are of­fered nearly year round, and there are ben­e­fits to help pur­chase the foods.

Pa­trons can 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

There are also non-food prod­ucts that use fall items. Whether soaps or oils, the mar­ket of­fers healthy, use­ful goods de­signed for ev­ery­thing from skin health to en­ergy boost­ing.

“Foote­hills Farm­house has figs, okra, fresh herbs, and has been busy creat­ing new spice mixes and a new pumpkin soap,” Kirk­patrick said. “Quiet Acres and Bella Vita Mush­rooms are both be­tween crops and will be back as soon as things fin­ish grow­ing.”

The goods are avail­able ev­ery Thurs­day from 2 through 6 p.m. on Rock­mart’s Wa­ter St. Many more ven­dors, cook­ing classes, and events can be found thanks to the spon­sor­ship of Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Now and Then, Chick N’ Scratch, Triangle Foods, Soli’s, South Mar­ble Cof­fee House, and Dal­las Chi­ro­prac­tic Life Cen­ter.

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

/ Sean Wil­liams

Stalls were lined up and ready for cus­tomers at the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket last Thurs­day, Sept. 6.

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