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Produce From Familiar Faces During National Farmers Market Week

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Produce From Familiar Faces During National Farmers Market Week

It is National Farmers Market Week, a time to highlight the connection between local farmers and the people they feed.

Livingston-Overton County Farmers Market President Kristian Mansell said the local market has a large following because of all the bakers and growers. Mansell said the key to success is community and knowing your farmer.

“The people that are down there are really good to the customers as well,” Mansell said. “People that need a little help at times, they’re more than willing to help them out. I mean that’s how they’re getting repeat business is just by being good to people.”

Mansell said he has seen the market grow each year, even overcoming setbacks during the pandemic. He said farmers markets are one thing that gets a big boost from being in a rural community.

Mansell said the farmers market is holding a customer appreciation day on Friday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. He said burgers, hot dogs and fresh baked cookies will be available for the patrons.

“We have people right on the outskirts of the city who are doing this growing and getting their produce in here,” Mansell said. “Inside the city limits you’re really limited on space most of the time on being able to grow your own stuff. Our local guys, everyone knows them and they do very good business.”

Mansell said farmers markets take on an important role in rural communities. He said the market opens the door to fresh food that might not be available otherwise.

“It’s just a blessing for our community,” Mansell said. “People getting to have vegetables and stuff out of the garden. We have people that do some baking that is just unbelievable.”

Mansell said the busiest days for the market are Wednesday through Saturday. The market also accepts SNAP, for anyone using that program.


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