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‘Growing it’: Amicalola Regional Farmers Market officially opens for the 2021 season
Kristina Touton with local vendor My Daily Bread hands goods to a customer at the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market on the opening day of the 2021 season on April 17. - photo by Erica Jones

On Saturday, April 17, the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market officially opened for the first day of the 2021 season, kicking off a season of fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market pavilion in downtown Dawsonville. 

Vendors with all manner of wares, from homegrown vegetables and locally butchered meat to handmade crafts and baked goods, lined the edges of the farmer’s market pavilion all morning on Saturday. This year is the second season that the pavilion has been used for the farmers market, and at the end of the day vendors and shoppers alike expressed their appreciation for having such a nice space for the market. 

“I think it’s the perfect area right here in town, people can come through and it’s all really nice and together,” Amber White, owner of handmade crafting business The Finishing Touch, said. “I love having this opportunity to kind of interact with the community and see all the different things that people create or the hard work that goes behind growing it.” 

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Customers ask questions about a vendor’s produce at the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market opening day on April 17, 2021. - photo by Erica Jones

Kristina Touton, who works for the owners of local companies My Daily Bread and Leilani’s Farm and Nursery, said that the way the market is set up under the pavilion allows for greater camaraderie among the vendors and customers, which is one of the things that she thinks sets it apart.

The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market officially opened for the first day on April 17, kicking off the 2021 season. - photo by Erica Jones

“The way that it’s set up with us all facing each other allows for socialization not just with the customers but with each other,” Touton said. “I’ve been to other markets down in Alpharetta and Vickery and those are fun, but with this place, it’s the people. It’s what I imagine farmers markets were like back in the day.”

George Robinson, who has been a return customer of the market many times, said that from a customer’s perspective, having the market sheltered is a huge draw. 

“We came several times, and as a customer, it makes it nice,” Robinson said. “It’s not quite as exposed to the weather and it’s a really nice facility.”

Robinson and his wife, Phyllis Robinson, own Robinson Heritage Farm and ran their own booth at the market for the first time on Saturday. The farm specializes in microgreens and is hoping to expand to include mushrooms and edible flowers. 

According to Phyllis Robinson, the sheltered pavilion is a big help for their wares specifically. 

“Our greens are weather-dependent and we like to keep them cool, so keeping them out of the weather in here helps keep them cool,” Phyllis Robinson said. “So it makes it a lot easier to sell our greens here.” 

Until November 27, the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market will be open at the farmers market pavilion at 86 Allen Street on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 7 p.m.