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January 17, 2013

Greenway to host first farmers market



To help with the market’s future growth, burlap shopping bags, made from repurposed goat feed bags, will be sold for $10 each.

“Farmers and vendors all got together and recycled bags that hold feed for goats to create shopping bags; they’re really sturdy and really big,” Metzker said. “They will be sold at the market as our fundraiser to help with market promotions and future markets.”

The Greenway market is also seeking volunteers to help with promotions, marketing, fundraising, run the market table, and set up and take down signs on the day of the market.

“We will have a volunteer sign-up sheet Saturday. We would also love to have somebody on site to do kids activities,” Metzker said. “We want to get as much time as we can donated.”

The Farmers Market at the Greenway is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Oconee River Greenway, located off Highway 22 at the River Bridge. The new market will continue on the third Saturday in February and March before going weekly in April and thereafter.

“After the market Saturday, we will get together with all of the vendors to talk about how to organize and progress the market. We don’t have much way of funds because we want funds to go toward promotions. Implementing SNAP benefits is definitely on our agenda. The state is coming out with a new program, so we’re hoping to get some financial assistance to buy the wireless machine. We will also pursue WIC benefits,” Metzker said. “I think a lot of people think that it’s winter and nothing is happening at farms. It’s amazing how much can grow in Georgia at this time of year. People should definitely come down and learn about what can be grown in the winter.”

For more information about the market, to become a vendor or sponsor, or to donate funds, call Chelsea Losh of Babe + Sage Farm at (478) 628-9059, or like the Farmers Market at the Greenway Facebook page.

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