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June 5, 2014

Produce, food, crafts, live music coming Saturday to downtown Athens

— If you like fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and music, Athens Saturday Market is for you.

The popular weekly event resumes this Saturday — June 7 — in downtown Athens and continues every Saturday through August.

Hours are 8 a.m. to noon at the Green Street pavilion at 409 W. Greet St., across from The News Courier.

“We have most of your favorites from last season plus almost as many new ones,” said Market Committee Chairwoman Laurie Glenn. “Come out early and meet your friends, renew some old acquaintances and get to know the people from whom you buy the food you eat.”

Some of the new items this year include beef and fresh sausage. Other items include:

Produce: Tomatoes, okra, beans, potatoes, squash, peppers, onions, watermelon, cantaloupe, plums, herbs, beets, eggplant, salad greens, black berries, fresh cut flowers.

Homemade items: Hummus, baked goods, sausage and biscuits, breakfast wraps, smoothies, gluten-free baked items, honey, canned goods.

Crafts: Pottery, soap, lotions, woodwork items, hand pressed stationery, crocheted items.

Live music planned

The opening day entertainment will be performances by Alabama Blues Man Brotha Ric Patton.

“The committee cannot wait for you to see what we have in store for our second season,” Glenn said. “We are planning events for children and adults throughout the season to make this your Saturday morning gathering spot.”

The Spirit of Athens and its Athens Saturday Market Committee oversee the Saturday Market, which is sponsored by Alabama Farm Credit and other entities. SOA started the market last year and it became a successful weekly event through the growing season.

“You can be on a first name basis with the farmer who grew the tomatoes, okra, beans, herbs, watermelon and other produce that you buy for your table,” said Spirit of Athens Director Trisha Black.

Personalize it

To stay updated about upcoming Market produce and events, follow on Facebook at Athens Saturday Market. To receive weekly emails, contact athenssaturdaymarket@gmail.com. Those interested in becoming a vendor may contact Market Manager Mandy Chesnut at 256-206-5897.

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