Street Talk

Farmers Market Accepted Into Certified Program

By Alexe van Beuren

    Since the average price of gasoline is hovering around $3.95 in Mississippi, that’s what people have been talking about. There’s no doubt that the high prices is pinching many people’s pocketbooks.

    Of course, every cloud has a silver lining. Some experts are saying that high gas prices might help small towns like ours, since people will be more likely to skip the trip to a far-away Wal-Mart and spend money on Main Street.

    With that in mind, my husband and I started looking at what we could do to buy more locally. One thing we’ve done is switch dog food brands; since every time we walk into Wal-Mart we end up buying at least one thing we don’t need, the dollar savings we were getting on our brand didn’t really go very far. So we switched to a brand that they sell at Valley Agri.

    That – coupled with the buying our produce at the Farmers’ Market – has meant that we’ve been saving some serious money, not to mention time.

    Speaking of the Farmers’ Market, it got certified! I mentioned this briefly in my last column but here’s the full story: our market has been accepted into the Certified Farmers Market Program for 2008 by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. They paid for the ad that you see in the newspaper, they’re sending us goodies like stickers and a certificate, and our growers will receive pricing assistance.

    Last Saturday, we had nine vendors selling everything from homemade fudge to shelled purple hull peas– and this week, the farmers decided they want to try selling on Wednesdays too.

    As Wilbur Herring says, “my blackberries can’t wait until Saturday,” so there will be farmers selling produce under the magnolia trees in Railroad Park from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on this Wednesday, July 16. We’ll see how it goes!

    In other news on the street, the Promotions Committee has been conducting a poll to choose a slogan for downtown Water Valley. If you go to our website (http://watervalleymainstreet.com), you can vote for your choice. So far, Kim Jones’s slogan of “Downtown Water Valley: Simply Charming” is sweeping the boards.

    And as always, I’m happy to talk to anyone about what the WVMSA can do to help their business or the town. Stop by our office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-12.30; Wednesday 12pm-5; Saturday 8am-11 at the Farmers’ Market.

    Have a good week on Main Street!

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