November 11, 2018 1:25:05 AM
Homegrown, homemade and handcrafted holiday gifts and foods will be showcased by about 60 vendors from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday during the 11th annual Hitching Lot Holiday Market in Columbus.
The Hitching Lot Farmers Market Advisory Board and Main Street Columbus present the yearly community event just before Thanksgiving, offering visitors an opportunity to stock up for the holidays at the Hitching Lot site at Second Avenue and Second Street North.
To add to the festive atmosphere, Melvin Mordecai and Mother Goose will provide entertainment, and The W will partner with the Holiday Market to present a Christmas-themed jazzercise routine at 10 a.m. The university's Project CHEW and Passport to Wellness will also be on hand with fresh treats and tips for healthy lifestyles.
"This is the 11th year for the Holiday Market and is the perfect time to get those last-minute goodies just in time for Thanksgiving and to get a start on holiday shopping," said Barbara Bigelow, executive director of Main Street Columbus. "Our regular market season has ended, and this is a fabulous chance to stock up on your favorite vendors' goods. It's also a great time to shop for your Thanksgiving feast, grab lunch, enjoy some live music and catch up with friends and neighbors."
Market Coordinator Katherine Lucas added, "The same rules that are set for the regular Farmers Market season apply for the Holiday Farmers Market. These guidelines state that all produce, products and crafts must be locally grown, made or 'conjured up.'"
Items must be sold by the grower or artist who produced them.
Vendors will offer a variety of produce, treats, face painting, gifts and one-of-a-kind crafts.
"This will be your last chance to experience the Hitching Lot Farmers Market until next May," Lucas said.
To learn more, or to receive a vendor application, contact the Main Street Columbus office at 662-328-6305, or visit columbusmainstreet.com. Booth spaces for this event are $10, Advance registration is required.
The mission statement of the Hitching Lot Farmers Market is to support the development of local, sustainable farming by cultivating a vibrant farmers market that serves as a community gathering place celebrating local farmers, food producers and artisans.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.