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Evans farmers market readies for April kickoff

Local produce and crafts are sold

Posted: March 28, 2015 - 10:18pm  |  Updated: March 28, 2015 - 11:00pm
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FILE  Columbia County's seasonal Farmer's Market will begin April 2 behnd the Columbia County Library in Evans.  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
FILE Columbia County's seasonal Farmer's Market will begin April 2 behnd the Columbia County Library in Evans.

Opening day of the 2015 season of the Evans Towne Farmers Market is less than a week away and organizers are busy preparing for what they hope is a stellar season.

The market, which runs through July 30, opens on Thursday, April 2, at the Columbia County Library Park. Vendors will be set up from 4:30-7 p.m. Opening day of last year’s market saw a rush of activity.

“Most of our farmers sold out, which goes to show that the demand for local, seasonal, fresh food is quite high in our community,” said Augusta Locally Grown Director Kim Hines at the time. Augusta Locally Grown organizes the weekly Evans market.

Among vendors expected to be set up Thursday are Bottle Tree Farm of Augusta with vegetables, eggs and garden art; Clyde’s Fresh Produce of Grovetown with naturally grown vegetables, jams and handmade soaps; Country Sweets of Wrens with eggs, honey and pecans; JandL Farm & Stables of Hephzibah with eggs, baked goods and Certified Naturally Grown vegetables; Tink’s Grassfed Beef of Washington, Ga., with grassfed beef, pork and chicken, and Trail Ridge Goat Farm and Dairy from Aiken with goat cheese feta and chevre in many herbal blends.

Since the growing season is still early, the market, in its third year, will be light on local vegetables and fruits until about mid-April when more farmers will participate and more produce is available for sale.

Local artisans taking part in the Evans market include Coppydoodles of Evans with handmade greeting cards; Tracy’s Bling and Things of Evans with handmade jewelry, hand-stamped cards and scarves; and Maple Man of Augusta with Japanese maple and ornamental trees.

One of the lures to the local farmers market is the advice dispensed by community educators. Each week, a local educator – or two – is available to provide information about healthy eating, organic gardening, children’s gardening and nature education.

The sponsor of the opening day of the market is Dancing Dogs Yoga. Featured musician is Nick Brown, of Evans.

Children will enjoy learning about turnips from student interns from Augusta Locally Grown at the children’s activities tent. Organic gardening advice will be available from Candace Zukas of Bottle Tree Farm and Slow Food CSR. Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections will give a cooking demonstration.

Hines said that sponsors and musicians are still needed for many of the weekly markets.

For more information about the Evans Towne Farmers Market or to learn how you or your business might be a sponsor for one of the weekly events, visit www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com.

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