Farmers Market seeks vendors

Published 7:40 pm Friday, February 28, 2014

The Pike County Farmers Market is now accepting vendors for the 2014 harvest season.

Cliff Boutwell, market manager, said he expects a large number of producers to participate this year.

“We already have producers signed on and expect several more,” Boutwell said. “Those who are already on board are Nick D’Andrea and the Berry Patch, Tammy Buzzan and Greens of Pronto, Sybileen House and Buck Campbell’s Produce, all from here in Pike County. Earl Dykes from Barbour County, Matthew Pippin from Luverne and Collins Produce from Slocomb will be here. Together, they will have a variety of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, corn, beans, peas, okra, watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers, just about anything you would want.”

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Boutwell said producers who would like to participate in the Pike County Farmers Market this season may register at the Pike County Extension Office on South Three Notch Street in Troy, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The registration fee is $50 for the year.

“Those who are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program food vouchers issued by the Farmers Market Authority may register on line at the Pike County Extension Office or the Troy Nutrition Center in downtown Troy,” Boutwell said. “Now, the only way to apply for the vouchers is on line. Those who need assistance with registering are encouraged to take advantage of the assistance provided at the senior center and the nutrition center. The market value of the vouchers is $30 and they are issued in six $5 increments.“

The Pike County Farmers Market will open, weather permitting, June 1 in the back parking lot of First United Methodist Church of Troy.

“The market will open initially from 7 until 11 a.m. on Saturdays,” Boutwell said. “Later in the season, the market will also be open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.”