JONESBORO Pat Sebo’s phone has been ringing constantly with calls from Jonesboro residents wanting answers from her.
What they want to know is when the University of Georgia’s Clayton County Cooperative Extension Office will open its annual farmers market in the downtown area.
The market moved from the extension service’s office in north Jonesboro to a parking lot in the heart of the city. Sebo said it has become a popular summertime attraction that residents love to visit. It also serves the community by giving residents a place to socialize.
“It’s a great opportunity for the city to come together as a community,” said Sebo. “It’s a gathering place for all of the locals. Not only that, it’s good for health reasons. You can come here and get fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, and homemade items, and baked goods and jellies and preserves.”
The annual farmers market will open for the season Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, and residents will be able to buy foods and homemade crafts every Saturday and Tuesday until the fall. The Tuesday hours will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The market will be across from the Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center, at 103 West Mill St.
Extension Agent Tom Bonnell said about 14 vendors have made commitments to participate in the opening of the market. He said this year’s wet weather has been beneficial to several vendors who appear to have bountiful harvests to sell at the market.
“We had a lot of cool weather at the beginning of the year and, while my garden is not that good, some of the vendors that I’ve visited have gardens that look great,” Bonnell said. “Mother Nature plays tricks on us. Some years are great and we get everything we need and some years she’s skimpy on some of the things we need. Now, this year she’s sort of overdoing it on the rain.
“Not going to complain, though, because we need the rain,” Bonnell added.