Farm­ers Mar­ket back ahead of the hol­i­days

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

Fully re­freshed and re­stocked, the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket is back in busi­nesses fol­low­ing its an­nual two-week Thanks­giv­ing break.

The mar­ket of­fi­cially be­gan its an­nual Hol­i­day Mar­ket shortly be­fore the hia­tus, and lo­cal artists and craft mak­ers will be sell­ing their goods ev­ery Thurs­day from 2 through 6 p.m. on Wa­ter Street.

Those in­ter­ested in buy­ing or sell­ing should hurry be­cause the mar­ket will re­turn to farmer goods only start­ing on De­cem­ber 21. Past Hol­i­day Mar­kets have seen ven­dors sell­ing the likes of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, paint­ings, cloth­ing, clay items, and much more.

Those in­ter­ested in sell­ing crafts or art pieces at the mar­ket can visit http://www. rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket. com/hol­i­day-mar­ketven­dor-ap­pli­ca­tion for more in­for­ma­tion. The ap­pli­ca­tion fee is $5; the ven­dor fee is $10 per week.

“We’ve got a wooden pen maker with really in­tri­cate metal work,” staff Heather Davis said. “We’ve got a cloth­ing maker who does tiedye hol­i­day shirts and cloth­ing, we’ve got a crafter who paints signs and home dé­cor stuff, and then we’ve got some­one else who makes gift boxes, can­dies, and just hol­i­day gifts.”

The men­tioned ven­dors are slated to first ap­pear at the Dec. 13 mar­ket, so those in­ter­ested should con­sider stop­ping by.

A three-week break is cur­rently planned for the up­com­ing hol­i­days, so pa­trons should stay tuned for more in­for­ma­tion on ab­sen­tee dates.

While the mar­ket is un­der­go­ing changes, pa­trons can rest as­sured know­ing the Ge­or­gia Fresh for Less Pro­gram through Whole­some Wave is still go­ing strong by of­fer­ing food stamp par­tic­i­pants an op­por­tu­nity to dou­ble the money spent on farmer’s goods. Cook­ing classes are also still be­ing held at least once per month, and late­fall, early-win­ter pro­duce is abun­dant.

Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter cur­rently sits as the mar­ket’s only ma­jor spon­sor, but many smaller, lo­cal busi­nesses have of­fered spon­sor­ship to­wards the mar­ket.

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