The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market held a meeting of interested vendors Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Dawsonville City Hall. The informal meeting was aimed at ascertaining how many vendors would be interested in being a part of the market’s first season at the new location near Main Street Park and City Hall.
Farmers and artisans from Dawson County and several tangential counties met on the dreary Saturday morning. Many of the farmers had played a part in the market every year since it started, but there were an equal number of farmers who were there for the first time.
This is great news for the market, which hopes to offer an even wider selection of produce and goods than years past.
Some farmers also raised questions about produce that is expected at farmers markets but won’t be in season in Dawson County until later in the summer — according to one farmer present, people just expect sweet corn and watermelon for Memorial Day.
It was agreed at the meeting that some fresh produce will be brought up the night before each market from south Georgia until that crop is in season here.
Another vendor also announced he would be bringing fresh seafood from the coast, as well as taking orders for the next week at the markets.
While no date was officially decided at the meeting, organizers announced that they wanted to target a start date in April, and most vendors seemed to agree that they would be ready then.
Dawson County News will continue to cover the market as it moves towards opening.