Susan Porter (left) shares a slice of her banana nut bread with Master Gardener Lillie Golden at the opening of the Jonesboro Farmers Market last year. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
JONESBORO — If you baked it or grew it, you can sell it — that’s the rule of the Jonesboro Farmers Market.
The market is returning June 28 for its seventh year of selling fresh produce.
This year, it has expanded operating days to include Thursdays.
Tom Bonnell is the Horticulture Program assistant with the Clayton County Extension Office and founder of the Farmers Market.
“This will offer more fresh produce to the public, said Bonnell. “It gives the vendors an extra day to pick from their gardens before things become overly ripe.”
In 2010 Bonnell, joined forces with the City of Jonesboro and moved the market from the Extension Office to the parking lot across from the Jonesboro Fire House Museum.
Jonesboro City Councilwoman Pat Sebo said it has given the market more exposure.
“It’s much more of a community event,” she said. “Especially on Saturdays, I see people gathering together — we’ve really enjoyed this.”
She said it brings the community together to enjoy the benefits of local farmers and support Georgia-grown foods.
Shoppers can purchase a variety of items including fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers and home-baked goodies.
Sebo said she has a soft spot for the fried pies sold at the market.
“The sweet potato is my favorite,” she said.
Next year will bring additional changes to the Farmers Market. They will move to the newly-created market plaza area of the revamped Lee Street Park.
“Individual vendors will be able to back up to a covered area,” Sebo said. “It will be much more of a community event, people can enjoy the whole market area in the park.”
Vendor space is free and Sebo said the more vendors, the merrier. For more information about becoming a vendor, call the Extension Office at 770-473-5434.
The market is open Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Jonesboro City parking lot behind Heritage Bank on Mill Street.