Mark O'Bryant

Mark O'Bryant of Double D Farms pictured with fresh vegetables, canned goods and homemade pasta. 

Starkville Community Market is continuing for the sixth year to provide a space for vendors within a 150-mile radius to sell their fresh produce, interesting crafts and baked goods to the community.

The market takes place on Tuesday's from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday's 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Fire Station Park.

As a Mississippi Certified Farmer's Market, the Greater Starkville Development began the market to support local farmers, cooks and artisans in the selling of fresh home-grown prepared foods and handmade arts and crafts.

By doing so, The Partnership hopes to encourage environmental, sustainable and nutritional awareness.

The Partnership Special Events and Project Coordinator Paige Watson said live music and fun activities for children are tied in as well as a big plant sale by Oktibbeha Master Gardeners.

"I think the turnout is always good. We have a very supportive community and we have a lot of returned guests. I love seeing the same smiling faces every Saturday, they make my day," Watson said.

Watson said she feels healthy when she goes to the market to get her favorite - a tomato sandwich.

"I like to get a tomato sandwich from the community market and I like to toast my bread and put ranch on it instead of mayonnaise," she said. "And just a little bit of salt and pepper."

Some regulars of Starkville Community Market include Bountiful Harvest Farms, The Tomato House of Louisville and Double D Farms of West Point.

The Partnership looks forward to new faces and the steady income of vendors expected as the market continues for 17 Saturday's throughout the summer. To become a vendor contact Watson at (662)-323-3322 or pwatson@starkville.org.

The market will end Saturday, Aug. 24, right before Mississippi State University's first football game.

"I would like to invite the local community to come and embrace the community market because we really do have some very special vendors. A lot of people will be surprised at what they could find there," Watson said.

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