- by Lisa Monti
Saturday morning shopping at the Hancock County Farmers Market is a pleasant - and tasty - way to spend part of the weekend, browsing the stalls for homegrown, homemade, and locally raised food, plus some unique crafts and potted plants for your home and garden.
Provided by the county Board of Supervisors, the market on Longfellow Road in Bay St. Louis has five pavilions for vendors, who set up early every Saturday and welcome shoppers with an assortment of items you’d expect at a large market: baked goods, vegetables, eggs, jelly and jam, farm-raised meats, and such specialty items as mushrooms and micro-greens.
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Now that it’s almost time for peak produce season, even more shoppers will be filling the parking lot to buy fresh, local veggies. Volunteer David Kenny, who led the revival of the market a few years ago, said hundreds of shoppers come out to browse and buy from 8 am to noon, or until the vendors sell out.
The market, which operated before Katrina, is still attracting new vendors week after week. It’s the place to buy local honey, seasonal produce, sweet treats and breads, handmade jewelry, artwork and so much more. Think King Cake and Thai specialties like spring rolls and tempura. Pecans and pecan pies. Talk about one-stop shopping. Kenny said everything at the market is handmade or home-grown. Baked goods and meals made in home kitchens follow the Mississippi cottage food industry laws.
The market is handicap-accessible and has bathroom facilities available for vendors and customers. The address is 3068 Longfellow Road, Bay St. Louis.
Vendors can set up at the Farmers Market free of charge, thanks to the Board of Supervisors. For more information, check the Market’s Facebook page (@HancockCoFarmersMarket) or call David Kenny at (228) 860-6203.
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