Thursday nights in Waleska, Ga. will be the talk-of-the-town once again as the Waleska Farmers Market at Reinhardt University hosts its opening night May 5 and continues on through the spring, summer and fall with markets the first and third Thursday of each month.
“This year will be a big one for the Waleska Farmers Market,” said Zach White, Reinhardt horticulturist. “Last year was a test-run for the market so we were only open one day a month; but because we had such great success with vendors participating and customers attending, we decided that this year we would be open two days out of the month. This will give our vendors more opportunities to sell their produce and goods and more opportunities for customers to purchase them. It’s a win-win for everyone!”
The dates for the Market this year are: May 5 and 19; June 2 and 16; July 7 and 21; August 4 and 18; September 1 and 15; and last market will be on October 6. Each market is from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Voted the 4th Best Farmers Market in Georgia, the Waleska Farmers Market is sure to have plenty to offer this year. Twenty-five vendor spaces will be available, at $1 each, and several special events, in addition to the market, have been planned. On Thursday, May 19, at 5:15p.m., Anne Shearouse from Waleska Nursery will be talking about “Container Herb Gardening.” On Thursday, June 2, the Market will host a contest, “Waleska Blooms,” where participants can enter one photo of a favorite flowering plant in Waleska and the winner will be announced at the June 16 market.
The summer markets will include cooking demonstrations and contests as fresh homegrown vegetables start to arrive at the Market in late June to early July. And, as always at every market, vendors will be selling locally-grown bedding and flowering plants, vegetables, handmade pottery, candles and homemade baked goods and much more.
“The Market was initially established to bring us together as a community and revive the appreciation for our small town; it has done that and so much more,” said White. “It has created such a positive spirit for Waleska and Reinhardt University that I’ve never found anywhere else.”
“There will be so much fresh produce and home-made goods offered by our local community members at this year’s markets,” he said. “Be sure to come out and enjoy the beautiful evenings at the Waleska Farmers Market in downtown Waleska!”
Sponsored by Reinhardt University, the Waleska Farmers Market is in the parking lot behind the Red Sea Church at the corner of Highway 140 and 108 in downtown Waleska. Admission and parking are free, and the market will operate rain or shine. Pre-registration is required for all vendors.
For more information or to register, please contact White at 770-720-5988 or ZMW@reinhardt.edu or visit Waleska Farmers Market at Reinhardt University on Facebook.
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