Thursday, July 15, 2010
Group to establish produce market
By SUE WATSON
The Mid-South Progressive Ag Group, representing 20-plus local producers, has agreed to support the establishment of a farmers’ market in Holly Springs.
The venture will be in partnership with Main Street, according to Judy Belue with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
A meeting was held June 24 at Annie’s Restaurant. Members of the group gained valuable input from guest speaker, Karen Ott Mayer, manager of the farmers’ market in Hernando, and agreed to start work immediately to establish a market in the downtown area this fall, Belue said.
Suzanne Langley, consultant for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, has indicated the chamber is also a potential partner in this initiative.
A steering committee consisting of Main Street director Judy Smith, Main Street board members Gary Adams and Lisa Liddy (also with the chamber of commerce), along with MSPAG members Evelyn Cummings, Revelyn Coleman and Constance Gipson met in early July to start work on plans and guidelines for the farmers market.
The MSPAG meeting was hosted by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi as a part of their Get A Life! initiative to prevent childhood obesity through increased access to local, fresh fruits and vegetables. A representative from Heifer International was on hand to see the progress made by some recipients of funding from their organization which built high tunnels or hoop houses on several farms in Marshall County. These hoop houses have the potential to supply an extended season or even year-around farmers’ market with fresh, locally grown produce.
For more information about this initiative, contact Smith at 662-252-4590.
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