After a brief pause for COVID-19, the vendors are back, and the food – and the deals – are as good as ever.
- Story and photos by Lisa Monti
In the middle of it all, Susie of Suchilicious Thai restaurant is selling freshly made egg rolls, spring rolls and tempura. Kenny said everything at the market is hand-made or grown. Baked goods and meals made in home kitchens follow the Mississippi cottage food industry laws.
He said new vendors are calling weekly, especially during peak summer and fall/winter season. This week the newcomers include a Pearl River, La., farm that sells stuffed chicken and stuffed turkey. They will join two regular vendors who sell USDA-certified meats and dairy once a month on alternating Saturdays - Honestly Beef of Collins, Miss., and Black Creek Farm of Picayune.
The market now has self-regulated foot traffic, with shoppers lining up to enter the pavilions as others are exiting to keep safely distanced. Vendors are expected to wear masks and gloves. The market is handicap-accessible, and bathroom facilities are available for vendors and customers.
Vendors can set up at the Farmers Market free of charge, thanks to the Board of Supervisors. If you need more information, check the Market’s Facebook page (@HancockCoFarmersMarket) or call David Kenny at (228) 860-6203.
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