Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket get­ting into swing of spring

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

There’s no se­cret that spring is here, and that means the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket is in full swing with all of the sea­sonal pro­duce, meats, sweets, and treats lo­cals could ask for.

The sea­son may have changed, but the mar­ket is still ev­ery Thurs­day from 2 through 6 p.m. on Rock­mart’s Wa­ter Street.

“Straw­ber­ries are in sea­son and now at mar­ket,” mar­ket mem­ber Heather Davis shared. “In ad­di­tion to those de­li­cious berries, we will have lamb, pork, beef, eggs, goat milk, goat milk soaps, de­li­cious lo­cal hon­eys and honey prod­ucts, sea­sonal veg­gies, jams, jel­lies, other canned and pick­led goods, fresh and dried herbs, a va­ri­ety of aro­matic South Mar­ble Street teas and cof­fees, thought­fully made nat­u­ral bath and body prod­ucts, and yummy baked and fried sweets.”

Whether look­ing to take home veg­eta­bles or meats, the dou­ble SNAP fea­ture means pa­trons can dou­ble EBT up to $50 for more food at half the cost. While not avail­able for made to or­der foods, the pro­gram makes sure those in need can stock up on plenty of es­sen­tials while also mak­ing sure lo­cal farm­ers can keep pro­duc­ing.

It may be warm in the spring, but lo­cals can avoid de­hy­dra­tion by vis­it­ing the South Mar­ble Cof­fee House booth. The busi­ness be­gan sell­ing prod­ucts along­side the farm­ers, and a va­ri­ety of cool teas and cof­fees are avail­able nearly ev­ery week.

The chang­ing of the sea­son also means the monthly cook­ing cour­ses will see up­dated recipes to fit the weather. The last class saw youth learn the ins and outs of mak­ing crisp sal­ads and creamy soups. Stu­dents can usu­ally join for a fee of $5.50, but schol­ar­ships are avail­able for those who ap­ply. More de­tails can be found at http://www. rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket. com/up­com­ing-classes.

While most farm­ers mar­kets have an en­tity over­see­ing them and sup­ply­ing funds, Rock­mart’s does not. Op­er­at­ing it­self puts a fi­nan­cial strain on the busi­ness, but spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties mean there are new ways for com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als to get in­volved with the mar­ket and its mis­sion.

Spring is of­ten seen as the sea­son of new be­gin­nings, so those in­ter­ested in tak­ing a step for­ward with their busi­ness can visit for more in­for­ma­tion on be­com­ing a spon­sor http://www.rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket.com/find-us/.

The Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket is known for host­ing sev­eral other events and ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, so pa­trons are urged to check in around dif­fer­ent hol­i­days and sea­sons to see what’s hap­pen­ing. Two no­table ex­am­ples are the an­nual win­ter Hol­i­day Mar­kets that in­vite craft mak­ers and other artists down­town to sell their goods and the an­nual Farm to Ta­ble event that gives lo­cals a chance to dine on home­made foods with other ci­ti­zens in the com­fort of down­town Rock­mart.

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

Grace Prince, Sarah Adair, Vic­to­ria Bar­rett, Nytie Gov­ern, Lashe­nia King, Dakota Peterson and Alan Rocha were among the 2019 at­ten­dees to the 4-H Prom.

Spring has of­fi­cially ar­rived at the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket, along with a new round of items avail­able for sale.

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