Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket host­ing “Christ­mas in July” event

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

The hol­i­days are com­ing early to the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket that plans to hold a spe­cial “Christ­mas In July” event dur­ing their next weekly mar­ket on Thursday, July 25 from 2 through 6 p.m. Along­side the nor­mal pro­duce, meats, and sweets avail­able, free snow cones will be of­fered to kids along­side any pur­chase.

“Em­brace Hos­pice is go­ing to be here with their snow cone ma­chine,” Mar­ket Di­rec­tor Melinda King said. “We’re go­ing to be of­fer­ing free snow cones to kids with at least one pur­chase from the mar­ket. Hope­fully our ven­dors will join in the hol­i­day spirit.”

King men­tioned she may bring some hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions, but the event is pri­mar­ily de­signed to raise aware­ness about the up­com­ing hol­i­day mar­kets. Dur­ing the win­ter, the mar­ket in­vites artists, craft mak­ers, and other cre­atives to bring home­made goods to Wa­ter Street.

The group is al­ready tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, so those in­ter­ested in sell­ing works of their own can find more in­for­ma­tion by vis­it­ing http://www.rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket.com/. Ad­di­tional mar­ket news and up­dates can be found by vis­it­ing https://www.face­book.com/rock­mart­farm­ers­mar­ket/.

Pa­trons can still take ad­van­tage of the Ge­or­gia Fresh for Less Pro­gram through Whole­some Wave by dou­bling food stamps up to $50 at the mar­ket. This means cus­tomers can get more food at half the cost, and it goes along way in help­ing lo­cal farm­ers.

While the mar­ket has taken a hia­tus from cook­ing classes, King ex­pressed in­ter­est in re­cruit­ing a vol­un­teer to host fu­ture cour­ses. Those in­ter­ested in teach­ing lo­cal youth the ins and outs of cook­ing healthy dishes can speak with King at the mar­ket or by con­tact­ing her through the web­site.

Also, new ven­dors are be­ing re­cruited year-round. There is a small fee to par­tic­i­pate, but those look­ing to make some ex­tra money off their food are welcome to ap­ply. Those in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing from the cur­rent ven­dors can visit Wa­ter Street ev­ery Thursday from 2 through 6 p.m.

Wet weather didn’t de­ter ven­dors or guests at the Rock­mart Farm­ers Mar­ket on July 18.

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