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'Open for business': Officials cut the ribbon on new Dawsonville Farmer's Market Pavilion
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Mayor Mike Eason and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black cut the green ribbon on the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market Pavilion in Dawson County on Saturday with community leaders and stakeholders. - photo by Jacob Smith

The ribbon has now been officially cut on the new Dawsonville Farmer’s Market Pavillion. 

A ceremony for the market was held on Saturday morning with local and state officials, including Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and UGA Extension Agent Clark McAllister, who have all helped the farmer’s market grow over the years. 

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black speaks to the crowd about the future of farming in Georgia at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dawsonville Farmers Market Pavillion on July 18. - photo by Jacob Smith

During the ceremony, Eason, Black and McAllister spoke to the crowd before cutting the ribbon, impressing that with the new space, the people of Dawsonville have earned a place that will be a staple of the community for years to come.

The City of Dawsonville Farmer’s Market had been hosted in multiple different locations in the past, including the local Tractor Supply Store parking lot and in Veterans Memorial Park. 

The City of Dawsonville Farmer’s Market had been hosted in multiple different locations in the past, including the local Tractor Supply Store parking lot and in Veterans Memorial Park. 

During his speech, Commissioner Black said that things like farmer’s markets are going to keep people sane during this age of social distancing and COVID-19. 

“A lot of younger people have never seen empty grocery shelves before this past couple of months,” Black said. “It’s going to be up to people like all of you to keep this state and this country afloat.”

The farmer’s market began at 8 a.m. Different designed face masks, vegetables, breads, desserts and flowers were just some of the things sold. 

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Jenelle Pruett and her daughter pose for a photo while selling vegetables at the City of Dawsonville Farmers Market on July 18. Pruett’s late husband would sell his vegetables and she would like to honor his memory by doing the same. - photo by Jacob Smith

One woman, Jenelle Pruett, who sold vegetables at the market with her daughter, said that she and her late husband would sell vegetables together. 

“I continue to come to the farmer’s market to keep his passion for this alive through me,” Pruett said. 

Dawsonville used SPLOST funds to be able to build the new pavilion. McAllister said that they hope to be able to do the farmer’s market every Saturday morning from here on out, if weather permits. 

“I love going to farmer’s markets to see what different communities have to offer,” farmers market patron Cyndi Smith said. “There was a great bakery and some interesting honey being sold. I would definitely come back.”

The market is currently still seeking more vendors. All federal, state and county regulations will be enforced if the product requires the specific licensing.

Interested vendors should contact McAllister at clarkmac@uga.edu or (706) 265-2442 for more information on how to participate.