April 5, 2013 11:50:31 AM
Jan Swoope - [email protected]
With the advent of spring, farmers' markets are never far behind. The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus will welcome the first fresh goods of the 2013 season when it opens Saturday morning from 7-10 a.m.
Through April, the market at Second Avenue and Second Street North will open on Saturday mornings only. (The exception is April 20, when the site hosts the Giant Possum Town Yard Sale.). Beginning May 11, the market will welcome shoppers three days each week: Mondays 4-6 p.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays 7-10 a.m.
People like Ann Hamilton of Columbus have waited through a long winter for the bounty to begin.
"We're so ready for the market to open; we've been craving something homegrown and fresh to put on our table," said Hamilton. Her family has even found a way to get the children, ages 6 and 8, hooked on garden-fresh food.
"I give them each a little money to pick out a vegetable or food item of their choice from the growers. Then at home, they might help me decide how we'll use it in a dinner; sometimes they even help me cook it, and we talk about where food comes from."
In addition to locally-grown produce, which will increase in variety and volume as the season advances, shoppers can expect to find homemade baked goods, flowers for sale, and local artisans with their wares.
Summer Saturdays will also feature live music, children's activities and special events including a corn-shucking contest, soap making demonstrations, bike parade and a watermelon seed spitting competition.
"You're always sure to find the freshest local produce, baked goods, fresh plants and flowers and handmade arts and crafts at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market. This season will be no exception," said Main Street Columbus Executive Director Barbara Bigelow.
For more information about being a market vendor, contact Bigelow at Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.