Get ready to meet with local farmers, buy locally grown food and handcrafted goodies at the Evans Towne Farmer’s Market.
The Farmer’s Market starts March 20 and extends until Oct. 30 every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Memorial Park by the Columbia County Library, where you can enjoy food vendors, artisans, cooking demos, music and more.
Kim Hines, director of Augusta Locally Grown, a non-profit organization that organizes the farmers market, said it’s important to connect local people to local farmers who are committed to all natural practices.
Hines said many of the local farmers there will sell produce, eggs, milk, dairy, cheese, meats, beef, pork, chicken, honey, baked goods, grains, pet foods, locally roasted coffee, and that’s not all.
“We will have our local handcrafters as well and one of the things that we try to do at the Evans Towne farmers market is make sure we have an equal balance so we never have more crafters than farmers,” Hines said.
Hines said this will be the second year for the Evans Towne Farmer’s Market and something new that will take place this year is a test called the “Grow your Own Tent.” Hines said this is where educators from across the community teach people about growing their own food, whether its vegetable gardens, raising backyard chickens or putting up a green house.
Also, Hines said, the Kids Market Passport Program will continue this year. Hines said they tested it out halfway through the farmers market last year but this year it will happen throughout the entire time the market is going on.
“I really like this program,” Hines said. “The kids come to the market and they get a passport like you would going to a foreign country and each week we stamp their passport with all the activities that they do that week based on a local feature food.”
Hines said the Kids Market Passport Program is a great way for kids to ask questions about locally grown food.
Laurie Ritchie, a participating vendor at the Evans Towne Farmers Market and farm owner of J and L Farm and Stables in Hephzibah, said she will be selling locally grown eggs, blueberries, produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplants, radishes, kale and spinach. This will be her second time participating in the farmers market
“I’m really hoping that the enthusiasm that we had in the very beginning last year will carry over to this year, being the first year last year I think we had some learning curves, but the overall experience was great for our farm, we got some neat customers who previously ordered from us online and we got to meet them in person and that just gives you a real connection with the
folks in the area that really want to know where their food comes from,” Ritchie said.