They're up and running. Those local farmers markets we look forward to each year: Norcross on Tuesday evenings, Lawrenceville and Suwanee on Saturday mornings and Lilburn on Friday evenings. And they offer not only home-grown produce from local farmers and homemade goodies from local bakers, but also an array of non-food items from soaps to shrubs.
This year, under the direction of market manager Mandy McManus, the Lilburn Farmer's Market offers even more. Each week the market will feature different nonprofit groups selling water and raising public awareness for their cause, while local musicians entertain visitors with a diversity of styles.
Next Friday, Providence Christian Academy will take center stage while Chopper promotes Lilburn Night for the Gwinnett Braves. Music on Main Street, a music school in Lilburn will provide the entertainment.
On June 22, the Ukulele Society of Decatur will strum along while Hazel's Heroes, an Alzheimer's group, take their turn in the nonprofit booth.
"I recently started volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association," spokesperson Sara Waters said. "My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease about four years ago. This is a sad, devastating disease that affects more than 5.4 million individuals. I am so grateful that the Lilburn Farmer's Market has given our team, "Hazels Heroes" (in honor of my Grandma Hazel) a booth to sell water this summer. This will not only allow us to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, inform people about the Walk To End Alzheimer's 5K in September, but also spread the word and raise awareness on this horrible disease."
The Huntington Recreation Club will be highlighted on July 27.
"Lilburn Farmer's Market has been very supportive in allowing us to sell water and they are also going to let us do some crazy hairdos for kids," HRC President Janet Tobin said. "We have been in operation since the early 1980s and we are open to members from any subdivision in the Lilburn/Duluth/Norcross area. We need more members to stay open. Our pool is at 924 Huntington Way, Lilburn. We have a website at www.hrcpool.comwww.hrcpool.com."
On Aug. 3, Clicks and Sticks Knitting Guild will have the opportunity to get to the point of their non-profit activities.
"We are thrilled to help out the Farmer's Market. We are hoping to increase the awareness of our group and are always looking for new members," Vice-president Kathy Malanoski said. "Some of the things we've done are hats to Ship's Project supporting deployed troops overseas, knitted bears to a Gwinnett County Fire Station for children from burned homes, and preemie hats to Gwinnett Medical Center and Eastside Hospital. Our website is www.clicksandsticks.com.
On both nights, Clark Brown will entertain shoppers with mandolin music.
This is just a sampling of the summer fare at the Lilburn Farmer's Market. There are still openings for nonprofits and vendors alike. For information visit lilburnfarmersmarket.org
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org