Snellville still has spots open for summer farmer's market

SNELLVILLE -- Southern Gwinnettians will get a new opportunity to buy fresh-off-the-farm produce this summer.

Beginning June 5, Snellville will host a farmer's market, becoming the latest city to offer the returning trend.

A group of 10 volunteers, including two council members, have worked to foster the idea.

"We have a wonderful group of very enthusiastic volunteers," said Councilwoman Barbara Bender, who has acted as the committee's liaison with other city officials and city staff members. "They have been doing a lot of research, talking to people who run the farmers' markets in other cities, and writing very comprehensive policies to ensure a great market."

The market, which will be held weekly from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds at Snellville City Hall at 2342 Oak Road, will focus on fresh produce but could also include vendors who sell meats, eggs, cheese, artisan breads and other baked goods, jams and jellies, honey and fresh flowers.

A press release said a limited number of craft vendors will also be approved, with a focus on crafts from natural ingredients, such as soaps and lotions.

"Snellville needs this type of fun-for-all, family-centered event on a regular basis," Councilman Tom Witts said.

Booths are priced at $10 per week or $175 for the 22-week season, which will go through October. Local nonprofit civic, church and school groups may be approved to participate at no cost, but will not be allowed to sell any products that compete with the paying vendors.

"We still have some available spaces for vendors," Witts said. "I hope they will seriously consider our market because our goal is to make this a premier market. The market will be the go-to destination market."

Interested farmers or crafters can call Marilyn Swinney at 770-736-8332 or Marcy Pharris at 770-978-1093 for an application to participate in the market.