April 3, 2017 11:20:33 AM
Starkville Community Market will hold its first Tuesday offering this week from 4-6 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 Park.
About eight to 10 vendors are expected to sell early spring produce and other goods at the event, SCM manager and Greater Starkville Development Partnership special events coordinator Jennifer Prather said, and more growers and producers are expected to join when the market's Saturday offerings begin May 6.
"We've spoken to new vendors outside of Starkville about new offerings, like baked goods and goat's cheese and milk. We're looking to increase the variety," she said.
This is the third year SCM will utilize Fire Station No. 1's greenspace, located at the intersection of Lampkin and Russell streets and its fifth year under GSDP guidance.
Since then, Partnership officials have noted increases in vendors, shoppers and the variety of goods sold at the event.
The location has also hosted other GSDP-managed events, including last year's Night Market, which featured about 30 retailers showcasing food and wares during Mississippi State University's football season.
The Partnership has worked on projects to improve the area's aesthetics and infrastructure, and Prather said her organization will continue to work with the city to expand the park's capacity for vendors in the future.
"We're working with Starkville Utilities to help grow the capacity for electricity there. Many vendors require refrigeration for their products, so that's a priority for us moving forward. We're also working on a project to install new benches and garbage cans, and overall looking into other ways to better develop the area in a community friendly way," she said. "We're really enjoying the location. The aesthetics make a huge difference because the area is friendly to vendors and shoppers."
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