Rich Southern soils have begun producing their lush fruits and vegetables and who doesn’t hunger for a juicy vine-ripened tomato? May is kick-off month for farmers’ markets as area towns sponsor this welcome opportunity for farmers and hungry customers as well. If you want fresh, it is available at the following markets as local growers bring in truckloads of home-grown produce and food specialties, such as jams, pickles and fresh baked goods:

ALCORN COUNTY: Corinth Farmers’ Market on Shiloh Road and the Green Market at the Depot, Corinth

ITAWAMBA COUNTY: Itawamba Famers’ Market on the east side of the Courthouse, Fulton

LAFAYETTE COUNTY: Mid-Town Farmers’ Market in Mid-Town Shopping Plaza, Oxford; Taylor Farmers’ Market at Town Square Lane, Taylor

LEE COUNTY: Tupelo Farmers’ Depot on the South Spring St., Tupelo; Pop-Up Market on the first Wednesday morning of the month at Endocrinology Consultants, Crossover Road in Tupelo; Native Son Farm at 3811 Mt. Vernon Road, Tupelo

LOWNDES COUNTY: Hitching Lot Farmer’s Market on Second Avenue North, Columbus

PRENTISS COUNTY: Prentiss County Farmer’s Market at 2301 North Second St., Booneville

TIPPAH COUNTY: Main Street Farmers’ Market on the Town Square, Ripley

TISHOMINGO COUNTY: Bear Creek Farmers’ Market in Shook Park, Belmont

UNION COUNTY: Biscuits & Jam Farmers’ Market on the Tallahatchie Riverbank, New Albany

SARAH BELL HARRIS, a Master Gardener, is a trained volunteer of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. For gardening questions, call the Help Center at (662) 620-8280 in Lee County or (866) 920-4678 outside Lee County and leave a message.

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