You and your dinner table have missed them all winter long, but the wait is almost over! Opening Day is less than a week away, and your favorite returning Starkville Community Market vendors are getting their locally grown and crafted staples ready. The 2015 Market season will kick off this Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 a.m. at the new Fire Station Park location with the return of a dozen vendors, plus a few new faces!
“I look forward to an excellent market season, and we are really excited about the new market location,” said Lynn Berch of B’s Sweets and Treats. “It is a nice green area. I think the vendors will feel like we are closer to one another instead of being spread out.”
For market-goers, it simply means more room for meeting new vendors and sampling new offerings from long-time favorites. Lynn and Kristina, the culinary crafters behind B’s Sweet and Treats, will return Saturday with their popular breads, scones, lemonade, cinnamon rolls along with homemade granola, salsa, strawberry jam and more. Lynn says that this season, the duo plan to add iced cookies and cheese straws to their menu.
The new location at Fire Station Park also brings more opportunity for the Market to look to the future, vendors say, making it an even stronger outlet for local commerce.
“We are very excited about the new location, as the market will be able to financially invest in long-term site improvements that benefit the community and market vendors,” said Kristen Dechert, of Rustic Bread by Kristen and Ed.
Lindsey Wilson of Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary echoed Dechert’s sentiments. “This will be my third year to vend at the Starkville Farmer’s Market and it is one of my favorite markets in the state,” Wilson said. “The Partnership will be able secure this new location for future farmer’s markets for years to come! In that way, it feels good to know that the market is continuing to move in a positive direction.”
Both Dechert and Wilson will be vending at Saturday’s opening day with the artisan bread and herbal offerings that have become favorites among market-goers. Dechert said that Rustic Breads by Kristen and Ed will again offer their slow-fermented breads, and shoppers can also expect breakfast breads and Italian cookies made from the recipe of Kristen’s great-grandmother sometime this summer. Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary will bring their herbal mixtures produced from locally harvested plants for skin care and other body care, including herbal bug spray, first aid salve, herbal extracts, tincture and teas.
Sweet treats, artisan breads, herbal specialties, and even local honey and arts and crafts are always popular choices at the Starkville Community Market. But, we all know the real star of the show is the fresh produce! After the winter season, the fresh, crisp taste of locally grown greens, vegetables and fruits bring market-goers in droves, and it pays to get to the Market early.
Eric Lancaster of long-time vendor, Lancaster Farms, believes the opening of Market in the new location will make it more convenient for customers because of the extra space. “We are excited for the market to start,” Lancaster said. “We have our hydroponic lettuce, field lettuce, and broccoli and cauliflower should be ready too plus other early crops. Don’t forget our jams and jellies and other canned items.”
This Saturday, Market vendors will have tomatoes, cucumbers, various lettuce and greens, onions, strawberries, and more. Plus, we welcome savory shitaki mushrooms to the mix this season from D and G Farms and new vendor, Wild Man Mushrooms!
We look forward to seeing the community shopping the fresh goodness on Saturday morning from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Don’t forget the Market opening bell rings at 7:30 followed by a ribbon cutting celebrating the new location. Parking is available at BankFirst Financial Services, College Park Shopping Center, Renasant Bank and Bancorp South lots, as well as on University Drive. (see the Market Map) Here’s a look at everything happening on Saturday…
LIVE MUSIC sponsored by CSpire: Cedar Creek Ramblers
LITTLE GARDENERS sponsored by SAAC: Kids will make egg shakers and origami projects throughout the morning
CULINARY DEMO: Chef Ty Thames from Restaurant Tyler will offer a canning and preserves demonstration to help you savor the goodness all year long
The Tomato House
Hydroponic tomatoes, cucumbers and eggs
Bountiful Harvest Farms
Certified naturally grown lettuce, bok choy, leeks, strawberries, radishes
Field lettuce, hydroponic lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, onion, bok choy, Napa cabbage, herbs, brocolli, kohlrabi, kale, squash, jams and jellies and honey
Double D Farms
Strawberries, homemade pasta, jams
MSU Entomology Club
Wild Man Mushrooms, LLC
Hardwood logs inoculated with Shitake Mushrooms
D and G Farms
Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary
Locally grown, wild harvested herbs made into a variety of preparations, such as balms and salves, bug spray, tinctures, herb seasonings and blends, infused vinegar and powders.
B’s Sweet Treats
Sweet Breads, Mexican wedding cakes, iced cookies, scones, pretzels, cinnamon rolls, granola, salsa, strawberry jam and lemonade
Rustic Bread by Kristen and Ed
Baguettes and boules, lemon-rosemary salt, muffins and pastries
Hearth baked breads
Reclaimed barnwood and tin products
Eat breakfast at the market! Freshly cooked omelets, french toast, baked goods, cookies, candies
Fresh brewed coffee and cold brew, granola bars and hand pies