Farmers Market opens at Powell Center
by SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Coweta’s farmers and gardeners will be selling the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor today at the Coweta County Farmers Market.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, vendors often sell jams, jellies, pickles, local honey, live plants, baked goods and hand-made items.
The market is held each Saturday and Wednesday at the Powell Expo Center off Temple Avenue, and runs through September.
The market began last week and continues through October. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you want the cream of the crop, it’s best to get their early — at least this early in the season.
“Planting time was delayed this year because of our cool, wet spring, but summer vegetables should be available any day,” said Stephanie Butcher, Coweta Extension coordinator. “For now, vendors have potatoes, squash, peppers, homemade cakes, breads, pies, honey and plants available for purchase.”
All products must be made or grown locally, and by the seller or the seller’s family. “Locally” includes Coweta County as well as Carroll, Fayette, Fulton, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup counties.
“Nothing says summertime in the South like a juicy tomato fresh from the garden, but if you don’t have your own garden, you’re in luck!” said Butcher.
If you’re interested in selling, vendor fees are $3 a day, $5 a week or $20 a month. Applications are available at www.ugaextension.com/coweta or at the Coweta Extension Office on Pine Road.
The farmers market is coordinated by the University of Georgia’s Coweta County Extension Office and is regulated through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. For more information, contact the Extension Office at 770-254-2620 or market manager Brad West at 770-402-8609.
The Powell Expo Center is located at 197 Temple Avenue.