The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market opened for its second season May 4, offering locals a chance to buy fresh produce, honey and handmade products.
Many familiar faces made their way to Veterans Memorial Park to set up shop, displaying richly colored cabbages and tomato plants.
Gary Johnson, who has been farming for 15 years, was excited to be back for the second year. He had several different tomato plants, peppers and herbs ready to go home to be planted in someone’s gardens. He even had fresh eggs from his chickens.
Tim Evans sat back in the shade and offered samples of his homemade honey.
“I wish I had more. I’m almost out,” said Evans, who had a rough honeybee season this year.
Evans, who normally has somewhere in the ballpark of 225 bee hives, only had 50 this year because of the cold weather and windy days keeping the bees away.
Evans Farm has two selection of honey to enjoy: Tim’s and his wife, Cindy’s.
“I’m trying to get her more involved but she’s gone to making soaps and lotions,” said Evans.
At another booth were the young entrepreneurial Clark brothers Bennett, 13, and Franklin, 10, who have been selling their organic produce for two years.
Bennett began helping out around his family’s Ridgeview Farm when he was five years old and quickly started taking an interest in cultivating his own garden.
Now with 80 plants and his own natural pesticide, Bennett and his brother Franklin can sell tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, lettuce and broccoli.
Also in the produce game were market vendors from Presley’s Farm, a family operated farm in Maysville that is run by brothers Lamar, Richard and Larry.
Richard Presley came out to the annual farmers market last year, but this year his brother Lamar took the reins. The Presleys have been operating the family farm for 50 years, most of Lamar Presley’s life.
“We got onions, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, potatoes and kale,” said Lamar Presley. “I do beef and pork also.”
A newcomer to the farmers market was Caitlyn Shelby of Dog Mom Studios, a Georgia Southern student selling her artwork during the summer while she’s home from college.
“I’ve always been into arts since I was little,” Shelby said.
Shelby has been painting animals for a year and started her side business as a way to get out and about during her time off. She paints farm animals and pets, and those interested in pet portraits can commission her to paint their four-legged family members.
Tracy Barrett of Speckled Red Farm was selling goats milk soap, an all-natural handmade soap that is perfect for sensitive skin.
“I have a special needs daughter so I’m real careful with what I use around her,” Barrett said.
Barrett has been making goat’s milk soap for the past four years after she began looking for all-natural products to use in her household. She also has four dairy goats and needed a way to use up some of their milk.
More farmers will be making their way to the market throughout the summer until the market closes in the fall. Visitors can expect to find fresh organic produce, tomato plants, handmade soaps and lotions and much more.
The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.