Those looking for fresh fruits and vegetables in Itawamba County this summer are about to have a bounty of options, because both Fulton’s and Mantachie’s farmers markets are set to open this week.

Vendors coming to the market fluctuate from week-to-week. Both markets are expected to run about 10 weeks.

Fulton Farmers Market

Fulton Farmers Market will break out the squash and, hopefully, a few tomatoes this Friday, June 14 at ICC’s Cypress Pavilion from 2-4 p.m. The market will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. Customers are encouraged to come early if they want in on the best selection.

Bill Coggin is chairperson for the annual farmers market. This year, as in prior years, the group says there is a one-time fee of $10 to become a member of the market. It’s good for a lifetime. Any farmer or vendor from a county that touches Itawamba can join.

It’s not necessary to preregister, just show up.

Items put up for sale in the farmers market must be homegrown. Vendors with handcrafted items, such as wood crafts, are also invited to join. Commercial products won’t be allowed.

“Anything such as birdhouses or handcrafted barn wood items are welcome,” said Romona Edge, executive director of Fulton Farmers Market sponsor the MSU Extension Service.

Mantachie Farmers Market

The Mantachie Farmers Market will open this Saturday, June 15, from 8-10 a.m. at Mantachie Town Park. Organizers welcome vendors from adjacent counties as well. Vendors do not have to preregister, just show up. There is no fee.

Last year was the inaugural year for the Mantachie Farmers Market, and the market offered a mixture of locally-grown produce, honey and home-baked bread and pies.

Ed Calvert, organizer of the event, said he hopes to have the same variety at this year’s market, along with handmade crafts.

“Last year we had vendors who brought porch swings and handcrafted knives,” he said. “We welcome those type vendors as well.”

On opening day last year, an estimated 80-100 people filled the pavilion at Mantachie Town Park to purchase a mix of locally-farmed produce, honey, freshly-jarred preserves, eggs, watermelons and home-baked bread and pies from five area producers.

Calvert’s hoping to replicate or improve upon that success.

“We were very pleased with the turnout last year and hope it’s even better this year,” Calvert said.

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