BY MATT CRANE
The Starkville Community Market officially opens for the summer tomorrow at 7:30 a.m., and co-founder Jeremiah Dumas could not be more excited.
â€śItâ€™s just fantastic,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a great mixing of people and business within this community.â€ť
Dumas said visitors to the market can expect some new items this year.
â€śThere are things available that you just canâ€™t find at a grocery store,â€ť Dumas said.
Founded in 2008, the market has continued to grow and offer local vendors, artists and musicians a space to sell locally grown food and entertain residents.
â€śWe were intentional with the name,â€ť Dumas said. â€śThe whole idea was to really emphasize the idea of community.â€ť
The original location of the market was sectioned off on Lafayette Street. With the help of market organizers, Dylan Kargas, Mississippi State architecture students and Danny Coggins of Gulf State Manufacturers, the marketâ€™s new home on the former site of the East Mississippi Lumber Company boasts a pavilion, signage, retaining walls and railings.
Market director Mark Duncan said many people are looking forward to the opening.
â€śWeâ€™ve got our old vendors coming back, and weâ€™re looking forward to new vendors joining us,â€ť he said.
Alyson Kargas has been market manager for three years and works closely with the farmers and vendors who come to the market.
â€śWeâ€™ve got some new health department regulations this year,â€ť Kargas said. â€śIâ€™m proud of our vendors for taking the time out of their schedules to go through the certification needed under these new guidelines.â€ť
While this weekend marks the opening, Kargas said the marketâ€™s biggest events are yet to come.
â€śOne of our events will be June 9 when we host the Healthy Hometown Awards,â€ť she said. â€śWeâ€™re all very excited about that.â€ť
The Starkville Community Market is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Lampkin Street.
It is open to the public every Saturday from 7:30-10 a.m.
For more information, visit http://www.starkvillecommunitymarket.org.