The Biscuits and Jam Farmers’ Market will kick off its third season Saturday on a vacant property between Fred’s and the Tallahatchie River Bridge.
Moving the Saturday morning event to the prominent downtown spot two years ago has turned out to be a successful venture.
The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Saturday until sometime in August.
It features locally grown produce, processed farm goods, canned fruits and vegetables, home-baked goods and local handmade crafts.
This year operation of the market has been turned over to the Union County Master Gardeners and the city has appropriated $5,000 to help with the expenses.
“Not only does the farmers’ market help support our local farmers, it also brings quite a bit of traffic to our downtown area. The city is very pleased with the market’s efforts the past two years and we hope to see continued growth every year,” Mayor Tim Kent said.
We agree that consolidating and expanding the market into one spot downtown has been a good idea.
But at some point, the city will have to determine the long-term future of the market because the current location is leased from a private owner.
In our opinion, spending taxpayer money, whether from federal, state or local sources, on permanent improvements at a non-city-owned site is not a good idea.
But in the meantime, the market is getting more people downtown and providing good quality local produce and other goods.