Farm­ers Mar­ket greeted with rainy weather

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­hoo.com

The Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket re­cently be­gan its an­nual three week hol­i­day break, and while pa­trons will have to wait un­til Jan­uary 17 to shop again, the mar­ket will re­turn with all of the ven­dors, pro­duce, and cook­ing classes that lo­cals have come to love.

The mar­ket doesn’t have an­other break sched­uled un­til next year’s Thanks­giv­ing hia­tus, and re­turn­ing later in Jan­uary means more win­ter pro­duce should be avail­able.

Lovers of broc­coli, Brus­sels Sprouts, cab­bage, cau­li­flower, cel­ery, sweet pota­toes, pears, and more can visit Wa­ter Street from 2 through 6 p.m. on the day of its re­turn-- and ev­ery Thurs­day on the same sched­ule after­ward.

Those look­ing to buy crafts and art work will have to wait un­til next year’s Hol­i­day Mar­ket, how­ever. The event, which saw its fi­nal mar­ket on De­cem­ber 21, in­vited artists and other non-food ven­dors to sell goods along­side farm­ers each week.

Rock­mart’s Farm­ers Mar­ket will re­turn to its orig­i­nal form when it re­turns, but there is still plenty to look for­ward to.

The Fresh for Less pro­gram will con­tinue to help those in need by dou­bling money spent with food stamps, and those in­ter­ested can ex­change EBT for to­kens at the front desk.

Cook­ing classes are still be­ing held on a monthly ba­sis, and those in­ter­ested in learn­ing the ins and outs of mak­ing win­ter themed dishes can visit http://www.rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket.com/up­com­ing-classes for de­tails on up­com­ing events.

While each class sports an av­er­age fee of $5.50, schol­ar­ships may be avail­able for those who ap­ply.

The mar­ket cur­rently op­er­ates un­der the ma­jor spon­sor­ship of Floyd Med­i­cal Cen­ter, but many other lo­cal busi­nesses have con­trib­uted spon­sor­ship as well.

More in­for­ma­tion about the mar­ket and its hap­pen­ings can be found at https://www.face­book.com/rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket.

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