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Farmers market to open April 24 in downtown

Good Friday is a traditional planting day, and while most gardeners were sowing seeds last week, two local ladies were making plans for the fruits of the harvest.

The Thomson Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Saturday, April 24 in downtown Thomson.

Organizer Katie Lewis said it's a little early in the season to have a lot of produce, but the extra time will be used to get the word out to farmers.

"We have some interested, so we're working with them," Mrs. Lewis said.

"A lot of them, their growing season starts in June. So, we'll kick it off with just a few vendors the first couple of times, but then we're hoping it will just kind of explode."

The first market in two weeks will feature strawberries and flowers, along with hand-crafted window boxes and wishing wells to use for showcasing the flowers.

The market will be from 9 a.m. until noon on the second and fourth Saturday of every month through November. It will be set up on First Avenue in the new city parking lot south of the museum's parking lot.

Mrs. Lewis and Cori Johnson spearheaded the project. Mrs. Lewis said she moved to Thomson from North Carolina, and immediately saw the need for a farmers market.

"We had a ton of farmers markets in North Carolina," she said.

"And I have five kids, so I like to buy local, fresh produce. I can't get everything I need at Walmart."

The two ladies talked to others they knew, and discovered that McDuffie County residents are driving to Augusta or Statesboro to shop at farmers markets.

"So, there's definitely a need in Thomson," Mrs. Lewis said, adding that she'd like to have all the farmers who sell from the back of their pickup trucks in parking lots.

"If we could all of these farmers to just come together, we've definitely got a market for them."

Although the market hasn't opened, the Thomson Farmers Market Facebook page has over 120 fans.

Farmers or gardeners interested in renting a booth at the farmers market may visit the Facebook page or call Mrs. Lewis at 706-990-8527.

Web posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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