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Spring Brings Thoughts Of Home Grown Veggies

By Jessie Gurner

Spring is almost here and love is in the air.  Forget about romance. I’m talking about being in love with fresh vegetables!  Beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, corn and that perfect warm weather treat – the home-grown tomato.

If you crave fresh vegetables, but don’t have the time, space, or talent to grow your own then you’re in luck.  The Water Valley Main Street Farmers Market will be open again this year.

Justin McGuirk, WVMSA Farmers Market manager, is looking for growers and sellers for the market.  A Farmers Market meeting will be held Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m. at the WVMSA office at 207 Main Street.  For more information about the meeting or the Main Street Farmers Market, contact Justin at 662-801-9273.

Locally grown produce tastes good, but it’s also important in ways you might not think about at first. If you’ve bought gas lately then you know that fuel costs are sky high. Purchasing local foods helps to cut down on “food miles.” This means not having to rely on foreign oil to ship food thousands of miles, thereby reducing fuel consumption.  Take it one step farther and less fuel used means less greenhouse-gas emissions.  So, those tomatoes you buy at the Main Street Farms Market in Railroad Park aren’t just delicious – they’re good for the environment!

Founders Day activities are still underway. There are some fantastic performers lined up that will provide all day entertainment.  

The music that evening will be spectacular.  A special stage will be set up on Main Street and among the performers will be Braden Gray and Loose Gravel and Thompson Ward.

Braden Gray & Loose Gravel have entertained all across the MidSouth. If you saw them at the Watermelon Carnival or Music in the Park then you already know how talented these guys are.

Steve Thompson and Bryan Ward form Thompson Ward. Bryan hails from Maryland and was a founding member of Bonepony. He’s written and produced a series of acclaimed multi-genre solo albums. Steve’s family tree has roots that sink deep into Water Valley and Yalobusha County. He cut his musical teeth in spots like The Gin, Gabriel’s and The Abbey.   

Steve and Bryan began their partnership writing songs. From that beginning, the duo of Thompson Ward was formed. Their first album, Porch Funk, has been described as a mix of rock, country, soul and Mississippi.

For  Founders Day info contact or   473-3796.

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