In the south, buying local is big deal. Now is your chance to help support these producers. On Oct. 6, 2018, the Wiregrass Farmers Market at ABAC’s GMA opened for its eighth fall season.
The Wiregrass Farmers Market began in 2011 when a group of local volunteers was concerned with sustainability and clean, local foods. So, they sought out local growers and producers to start a weekly farmers market at the GMA. The market is overseen by a volunteer board of directors and a part-time manager, with the GMA Curator Polly Huff serving as the liaison and support person.
The market is held every Saturday from April to Aug. 9-12. Then, the vendors will take a summer break during the months of August and September, where they will reopen during the first week of October for the fall market season, which will run until Nov. 17.
The primary purpose of the Wiregrass Farmer’s Market is to provide local residents the option to purchase clean, locally grown food.
All the items at the market are grown or handmade by the person who is selling it. Some of the items available for purchase at the market consist of locally grown eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, artisanal bread, baked goods, coffee, soaps, wooden bowls, handmade knives, flowers, canned jams and more.
If you are interested in checking out the Wiregrass Farmer’s Market, it is held in the pole barn behind the GMA Country Store. Admission to the market is free, and it is encouraged for visitors to park in front of the GMA Country Store. The market will be open until Nov. 17 from 9 a.m to 12 p.m, so get out there and purchase locally.
If you have any questions about the Wiregrass Farmers Market, you can visit the website at www.wiregrassmarket.org or contact the Georgia Museum of Agriculture Curator Polly Huff at email@example.com.