“If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss
By Linda Robinson
WATER VALLEY – What did you miss if you didn’t go to Main Street Association’s inaugural Magnolia Square Farmers Market last month? You missed an outing with your family. You missed neighbors you may have not seen in a while. You missed trying new things. You missed the BINGO raffle.
Scheduled the second Saturday of each month though October (with the exception of a Spooky Market on October 30), the fun returns Saturday, July 10, from 8 a.m. until noon at Railroad Park. This month’s market is dedicated to first responders in the county. The lineup includes fire trucks from both the city and county departments, along with cruisers from the Water Valley Police Department and Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department and an ambulance. This interactive event allows children to explore first responders’ vehicles and adults to meet the men and women who protect and serve our county. Parents don’t forget your cameras! There will be free popcorn and cotton candy provided by the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department, as well as coloring books and sidewalk chalk art. Cinnamed Medical Clinic, owned by Cinnamon Foster, is sponsoring the First Responders’ event by serving the responders grilled hamburger plates.
The farmer’s market, the heart of the monthly event, will include products that you don’t see in an average store. The farmers and buyers are like a produce handshake. The hand that pulled tomatoes, squash, cucumbers is the handshake contract. “This is food is good, I know because I grew it and eat it myself.”
Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce and unique handmade products rather than roll your cart around a super store with artificial lights and piped in music?
There were 15 vendors at the June market. The vendor list has increased to 48 tables of delights to explore during Saturday’s market. Not everyone has to be a farmer to be a vendor. The vendors offer a large variety of homemade items such as jewelry, hand painted signs, yummy baked goods and both unusual and common plants. Not everyone has to be a farmer to be a vendor. The vendors offer a large variety of homemade items such as jewelry, hand painted signs, yummy baked goods and both unusual and common plants.
The Magnolia Square Farmer’s Market also includes other activities. The Steve Franklin Memorial Car Show returns in the Casey Jones Railroad Museum parking lot. The Arts Council is sponsoring a Creation Station where children can create paper mache watermelons, which will be displayed during the Watermelon Carnival in Watermelon Alley. The BINGO raffle was a big success in June and returns Saturday. This month’s BINGO sponsor is El Charrito Mexican Restaurant featuring a $50 gift card.
Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.
The Main Street Association Magnolia Square Farmers Market is a dedicated team led by Cinnamon Foster to provide an economic, marketing, networking, and a vibrant community event. There is no much to do on market day and the team is powered by energetic people who care deeply about their community to make the market happen.
Thanks is extended to July market sponsors:
• Garden Growers sponsorship level – The Simmons House Historic Venue and Inn, NextHome Choice Real Estate, Fetcht Delivery and Turnage Drug Store.
• Harvester sponsorship level – Harvester: Cinnamed Medical Clinic Sweet Pea: Sonic Drive In, Fountain Square Water Valley, Tommy Reynolds State Representative, The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery, Cliff Lawson and Ramona Barnard.
The Main Street Association Magnolia Farmers Market has an upcoming sensational calendar of events such as an antique tractor show, dunk tank and lawnmower races.
“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”
— Dr. Seuss