Farmer’s Market feels like homecoming

Published 7:00 am Monday, August 14, 2023

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The Greenville Farmers Market is ready to serve the community Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. at 701 Cedar Street. 

For new resident Martha Hurley, the market offers more than fresh produce – it also brings a chance to get acquainted with longtime community members and feel a bit like coming home. 

“It’s like a homecoming,” said Martha Hurley of Martha’s Micros. “This is my first year in town so I don’t really know many people, but everybody at the market seems to know everyone else, it’s fun to watch.”

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Hurley sells different types of microgreens and quail eggs.

“A microgreen is a tiny plant at its most nutritious state,” Hurley said. “If you think of a seed, it has everything that the plant needs to grow until those first leaves start to grow and then the sun takes over, and the plant makes its own food. But until then, all the nutrition is there, so that’s when we cut them. We have sunflower, pea, broccoli and radish mircrogreens.”

Janice Odom of Ellafair Farms sells homemade cookies, lemon bread, and brownies on market day.

“I’ve been coming to the farmers market for a long time to shop, but I had never thought about selling,” Odom said. “But then I realized everyone liked what I made, so I gave it a try. This is my first year as part of the farmers market, and I just come on Saturdays.”

Odom said patrons will want to arrive early, close to opening time, for the best selection of fresh vegetables. 

Bill Taylor of Flying Bassett Farms in Forest Home explained senior citizens with a certain income level can qualify for an Alabama Farmers Market card. This year the amount is $50 and can only be used to purchase vegetables or fruit with vendors who accept it. 

Some other vendors include Bonnie Poole who makes handmade aprons and sewing creations with love, Brenda Cole of The Crafty Coles with unique infused salts and vanilla extracts, Bobby Royster of Odom-Royster Farms with fresh and pickled vegetables, Rebecca McCarter of Mimi’s Cakes has pound and layer cakes amongst other baked goods, and Henry and Karen Heartsill have a truck full of beautiful watermelons. 

Seniors can go online to to apply for a market card.