ATHENS, Ala. – It’s summertime, and what is more exciting than the prospect of fresh local produce provided by your nearby farmers’ market.  Beginning June 5, come on down to Athens Saturday Market at 409 Green St. every Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon through August 28.

Market Manager Kat Greene says that the market will be back in full swing this year, and patrons have so much to look forward to.

“We’re so happy to bring back our favorite events, giveaways, and our Kids Program this year and provide a fun gathering place for the community on Saturday mornings,” said Greene.

The Athens Saturday Market is an Alabama Certified Farmers Market.  This means that all produce is locally and naturally grown in North Alabama or the Tennessee Valley.  Prepared foods sold at the market are also locally made, as are the handcrafted goods offered by our local artisans.

Our market is not only a great place to purchase local produce and goods, but it is a place to enjoy the day with family and friends. This year, to celebrate our Opening Day our sponsor, West End Outdoors, will be giving away some sweet southern classics: RC Cola and Moon Pies! In addition, Happi Pappi Beignet Truck will be there with their yummy breakfast treats.

This season, all sorts of wonderful things will be offered at the market! Things like fresh produce, coffee, crafts and breakfast foods will be sold and who better to buy them from than your own community members?  Our special event days are back!  Bring the kids to the market for Kids Day.  Enjoy everyone’s favorite on Tomato Sandwich Day, or maybe your favorite might be Bluegrass and BBQ.  Our last special event of the market season will be Customer Appreciation Day.  Head down to the market for a surprise treat!

There’s no better way to strengthen your local community than to shop and eat locally! By visiting the Athens Saturday Market, you support our local farmers as well as businesses and community members.  Also, you support yourself by providing healthy and fresh food for you and your family.

Our gathering place will be back this year. With rocking chairs and benches painted by local artists, this is the perfect spot to relax on a Saturday morning! On opening day, you can listen to music from Jacob Greene and Mike Cole, have coffee, and enjoy a morning beignet.  In fact, every market Saturday, we will have live musical artists from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Have a gardening question? Stop by and chat with the local Master Gardeners and bring the kids to enjoy our weekly Kids Program activity.

Some of our favorite vendors are returning along with some new faces. Come to the Athens Saturday Market to buy and eat local this summer. Thank you to Listerhill Credit Union for their presenting sponsorship of our market this season.  Athens Saturday Market is a program of Athens Main Street.

For more information on the Athens Saturday Market, contact Market Manager Kat Greene at hardiman.katherine@gmail.com or Athens Main Street Executive Director Tere Richardson at tererichardson@athensmainstreet.org.

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