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Produce markets open
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Locals looking for fresh seasonal produce need look no further than markets in Dawson County.

The Dawson County Extension Service's ninth annual market begins next week, running from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 298 Academy Ave.

In addition, the city of Dawsonville has scheduled its second annual farmers market behind city hall. Vendors and buyers are welcome from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The city's market will be open through October. The extension service's market will be open throughout the summer.

Clark Beusse, local extension service coordinator, said each year the market "gets bigger and bigger.

"There will be a variety of vegetables and fruit," Beusse said.

Only vendors who live in Dawson County or surrounding counties can sell, but anybody can come by to purchase produce, according to Beusse.

But show up early, Beusse said.

"A lot of times we have people selling at 7 a.m., and we're often sold out by 10 a.m."

Over the years, the produce market has morphed into a social scene, Beusse said.

"It gives people an opportunity to buy super fresh produce, but more than that, it's become a place where farmers, gardeners and non-farmers come together to communicate," he said.

Vendors interested in selling goods at the extension service market may fill out an application at the event. Those who have sold at previous events need not apply. Selling is free.

Those interested in selling at the municipal market should contact the city to fill out the necessary paperwork. There is a $10 per month fee to sell at city hall.