Bainbridge Farmers’ Market to return in new permanent location

Published 7:32 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016

An all-in-one location to buy fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts is returning to Bainbridge this Saturday morning.

The Bainbridge Farmers’ Market, coming up on its third spring season, has a new designated site and new vendors to join many of the old ones from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday morning.

“We have some new farmers coming in,” Farmers’ Market marketing manager Rose Geiger said. “We have extended our offerings a little bit, so we are including agricultural and food related crafts.”

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Geiger said she and other Farmers’ Market board members wanted to offer customers more variety. Expanding the product selection goes hand in hand with reopening the market at the new location on the corner of Broad and Market streets in downtown Bainbridge.

The increase in amount of space, renovated pavilion and designated location will hopefully do more than just draw in new vendors and give the market a sense of consistency, board member Mills Brock said.

“One of the reasons we chose to start looking for a more permanent location was we thought it would give the public a view that we were a more permanent, sustained farmers’ market instead of being transient in nature and just being out in the street,” Brock said. “It’s also going to make more grant opportunities open toward us.”

The market was formally located on West Street on the downtown square. The street was blocked off as the market was held throughout the morning.

Having the new location has also inspired plenty of new ideas to draw people together on Saturdays.

A big one is food vending, where customers can buy cooked food that might incorporate products being sold at the market.

“Our goal is to have a food vendor each market Saturday,” Brock said. “We have got some partnerships with some of our potential new sponsor coming on to help facilitate some basic food vending.”

Another future plan includes cooking demonstrations to highlight the food being sold.

“People don’t know how to cook some of this stuff or they are tired of the way they are cooking it and are looking for new way,” Geiger said.

Vendors on opening day include: April Kneads Dough, Bob Stott Knife & Tool, Calamint Farms, Cedar Rock Farm, Crave Eatery, Earth Designs Pottery, Harvest Moon, Lake Seminole Farm, Sherman Farms, Southern Sweets, Southern Fresh, Spring Creek Syrup, Willie Williams and others.

Products being sold will range from free-range eggs, baked goods and treats to seeds, knives, fresh-cut flowers and many others.

“People can just come and hang out and people watch,” Brock said. “We really want to encourage that. Just come down, just to hangout. Now we have a lot more places for people to do that. Just come out. You may see some people that you don’t see all week, but you can see them at the farmers’ market.”