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Dawsonville City Council celebrates end of successful farmers market season
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For the first season of the market, it was able to be set up in the new "Dawsonville Farmers Market" pavilion near City Hall. - photo by Erica Jones

During the Nov. 7 meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, the mayor and council members heard a presentation and celebrated the end of a successful season for the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market. 

In a brief presentation to the council, Amicalola Regional Agriculture Committee Chair Louise McPherson said that the farmers market was once again a success for its 2022 season. 

“It was great again this year; very good participation from vendors and from the community,” McPherson said. 

The market has grown steadily each year since it began, she said, with vendors from across the county selling wares ranging from fresh produce, meat and eggs to handmade crafts and baked goods. 

“Of course, it’s biggest when we have a lot of fresh produce cause we have a lot of great local farmers, we now include meats and canned goods,” McPherson said. “We’re really strict on our rules so we make sure everybody has all the required certificates and licensing and everything. We’re still getting calls from people wanting to participate, so we have the potential to have more vendors than we have space for, so anytime y’all want to expand that’s probably not a bad thing.” 

During the 2022 season, the market took place in the city’s farmers market pavilion on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. In addition to giving attendees the opportunity to purchase local wares, one interesting thing the market also does is to incorporate a learning component. 

“We do like to celebrate different months and have an educational component to the market as well,” McPherson said. “We have dairy month where we talk about dairy farms, we have watermelon month [and] tomato sandwiches.” 

McPherson added that she and other leadership at the farmers market are grateful to the city for the farmers market pavilion and for the work that the city puts in to helping make the market successful. 

“It’s phenomenal that y’all have such a great facility in itself; a lot of farmer’s markets don’t have all the thought put into it that was in this one, so you have lights, you have ceiling fans, you don’t have birds roosting up there and it works out for extra storage,” McPherson said. “We really do appreciate what the city has done there; it’s a beautiful, beautiful facility and we have folks coming from a lot of surrounding communities saying ‘tell us how you did this’ so I always first and foremost tell them it was the citizens of Dawsonville who voted to do this farmer’s market.” 

McPherson also added her thanks to the volunteers who help the market to run smoothly each week throughout the season. 

While the 2022 season for the farmers market may be over, McPherson said that for the vendors it often extends beyond just the pavilion walls. 

“We’ve got a website now and folks can order, and a lot of our vendors, even if they don’t sell a particular item that day, they get orders for it later,” McPherson said. “They do a lot of making custom gifts for people, especially our woodworker and our needlecraft folks, so it’s not just what happens there on Saturday morning or Wednesday afternoon, it’s much broader than that as well.” 

Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason and the members of the council expressed their thanks to McPherson and everyone else who helped make this year’s farmers market season successful, encouraging her to continue to work with city leadership to expand the market even more in the next few years. 

“Talk about how many more people need to come, and then let’s look at what options we might have about putting some more shelter there, making it no drive through during the farmer’s market, use both sides of the parking lot as we put up some type of shelters over there; but let’s look at that and see what we can do to make it more people,” Eason said. “It is a great program; we thank you for coming.”