The Union Recorder

May 14, 2013

Greenway Farmers Market promotes summer reading

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Greenway Farmers Market is collaborating with the Twin Lakes Library System to host reading activities this weekend to encourage and inspire youth and families to “Dig” during the library’s summer reading program.

“The library will have a table set up at the market to share information about the three summer reading programs,” said Ginger Carter Miller, Greenway Farmers Market volunteer. “We wanted to be involved because the theme for elementary children is ‘Dig into Reading,’ which relates to farming and we’re all about growing locally-grown sustainable products.”

During Saturday’s market from 9 a.m. to noon, gardening enthusiasts will have the chance to plant their very own seeds contributed by area farmers. 

Yard sale items will also be for sale as arts and crafts vendors offer unique pieces. 

“We will have celebrities from Milledgeville come down to the Greenway and read their favorite children’s book,” Miller said. “We’re asking people to bring a children’s book they’re enthusiastic about and they can read to children.”

The Twin Lakes Library System kicks off its annual Summer Reading Club Monday and will continue through Wednesday, July 17. The public library invites parents to bring their children to participate in Doug Pohl’s science program at a kick off celebration slated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29.

“The farmers are really looking forward to it. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to join up with something that has a similar interest digging into something,” Miller said. “It’s going to be great for the Greenway market and for the community.”

Farmers from the middle Georgia area will be on site Saturday offering sustainably-grown spring vegetables, meats and dairy products, including carrots, onions, beets, mushrooms, pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, chicken, jams, jellies, yogurt, cheeses, milk, butter, eggs, artisan breads and baked goods. Herbs, cut flowers and naturally-grown potted plants will also be available.

“Many of the farmers will be offering samples of their products because it’s the beginning of peak season,” Miller said. “We’ve had such a good response at the Greenway with several hundred people coming every weekend.”

Vendors slated to attend Saturday’s market include The Little Farm, Fort Creek Farm, Babe + Sage Farm, Elm Street Gardens, East Georgia Produce, Southern Swiss Dairy, Forest Grove Farm, Rag & Frass Farm, Sparkleberry Market Garden, Evergreen East Farm, Salamander Springs Farm, Barker Farms and Sparta Imperial Mushrooms.

The Farmers Market at the Greenway is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Oconee River Greenway, located off Highway 22 at the River Bridge. The market continues weekly through November.

“We’re hoping to continue collaborating with other community organizations,” Miller said. “We would love to highlight great community organizations at the Greenway Farmers Market.”

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 Greenway Farmers Market Facebook page.

Individuals interested in registering for the library’s summer reading program can call Library Outreach Coordinator Sarah Hamil at 478-452-0677.

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