Editorial: Area farmers markets are back, promise home-grown products

Area residents who want to buy some locally-grown produce are in luck once again this summer as two farmers markets are in operation in Whitfield County.

The Downtown Dalton Farmers Market, a community initiative of the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, is an "open air market" in the Dalton Green Park on the corner of Thornton Avenue and Waugh Street.

"The market features fresh, locally-grown produce, flowering plants, local art, photography, handmade clothing, knitted items, homemade soaps, upcycled items (made from recycled materials) and jewelry," the partnership says on its website. "The rule of the market is if you make it or grow it you can rent a booth!"

Hours are on Saturdays through Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Tuesdays through September from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those interested in being vendors can register on the website or download or print out a vendor packet and return it to Market Manager Katelyn Griggs.

In Varnell, the farmers market is at the picnic area on Main Street. It is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 28. Only home-grown produce and hand-made items can be sold. Resale and yard sale items are not allowed. For more information on that market, call City Hall at (706) 694-8800.

So if you are interested in buying local, want to try or enjoy some locally-grown produce, perhaps are searching for that hard-to-find item — whether it be art or clothing or something else — you should give our area farmers markets a try. The vendors will thank you, and your pocketbook may, too.

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