Harlem is celebrating spring by reviving an old event and starting a new one.
The city will hold its first farmers market Saturday. The Main Street Market will be held in the parking lot next to the former Columbia Theatre on the corner of Louisville Road at Milledgeville Road.
“We’re very excited about this,” said Stacie Hart, Harlem Community Services and Events coordinator. “It’s not just fruits and vegetables. It’s plants, household plants, garden plants, kitchen plants, soy soaps and lotions, local honey, goats’ milk and cheeses.”
Hart said the farmers market will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hart said she also expects vendors to sell fresh eggs and baked goods among other items.
Each market will be different and feature different produce and products, depending on what’s in-season and what vendors participate.
“It’s not at full capacity yet,” Hart said, adding that she expects to grow the market to include all of the mentioned items as well as possibly grilling demonstrations and other homegrown products. “It’s been received very well.
Hart said she hopes the market will not only attract people from outside the city, but also cater to its residents.
“It gives the people of Harlem one more reason to shop in town,” she said.
The first farmers market will be held in conjunction with the semi-annual Trash to Treasures community yard sale, which has returned after several years on the back burner.
The yard sale also will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the field next to the Harlem United Methodist Church on Milledgeville Road.
“It’s everything. It’s not just one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Hart said adding that vendors also will be selling new items such as discontinued Tupperware, repurposed items and artistic photographs from a local photographer.
Proceeds from the events will go toward the $1 million renovation of the former theater.
“It really still needs so much work,” Hart said.
Plans for the theater, purchased by the city in early 2005, include a complete renovation. Hart said she hopes it will one day become an arts center and community gem.
Hart said the theater will eventually be a place for the performing and visual arts as well as community meetings and special events.
“Once it’s done, it can be just about anything we want it to be,” Hart said. “We want to be able to utilize that building 365 days a year if we want to.”
For more information, contact Hart at (706) 556-3448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.