Suwanee hosts farmer's market for seventh year

SUWANEE - For the seventh consecutive year, the city of Suwanee will soon begin hosting its farmers market, showcasing some of the South's finest agricultural fare.

On Saturdays from May 3,through Oct. 11 - with the exception of Sept. 20 - farmers, gardeners and bakers from throughout North Georgia will be selling everything from free-range eggs and produce to jams and homemade soap.

Operating hours are from

8 a.m. to noon at Town Center Park.

City officials expect about 12 vendors each per Saturday. Those wishing to participate as a vendor are invited to register.

All participants must grow or prepare their own products as reselling is strictly prohibited.

City spokeswoman Lynne Bohlman DeWilde said the market is a unique respite from everyday grocery shopping.

"We tend to be a society of convenience and prepackaging," she said. "This is really an opportunity to get back to a more simple time and to enjoy really fresh food."

Because planting season is in its early stages, don't expect a fully stocked market come May 3, events coordinator Amy Doherty said. Popular vegetables like corn will not be sold until later in the summer when the weather is warmer.

However, fresh bread, honey and strawberries more than make up the difference.

The market's proximity is also a major plus, she said.

"This gives people the opportunity to enjoy fresh food without having to drive a long way to get them," she said.

Vendor applications are available online at www.suwanee.com or contact Amy Doherty at adoherty@suwanee.com or 770-945-8996.