The Madison Farmer’s Market opens in less than two months.
The Madison Farmer’s Market opens in less than two months.
The Downtown Madison Farmers Market is seeking farm fresh vendors for the 2017 season.

Returning vendors and newcomers who are considering joining the market are invited to a 10 a.m. meeting March 28 at Madison Square Center for the Arts. The growers’ meeting offers the opportunity for all sellers to get ready for the market’s fourth season.

All growers and producers must submit an application for the upcoming market that is held on Main Street by the Red Caboose. The market  will open May 16 and continue each Tuesday through the growing season on the grounds of the arts center. Vendors do not pay a fee to be part of the market.

For customers, the Downtown Madison Farmers Market has proven to be a reliable source of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Downtown Madison Farmers Market, certified by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture, will continue its tradition of selling only Mississippi-grown or created products. The market is always on the lookout for new sellers.

Vendors include local gardeners selling the abundance from their backyard plots and farmers, who want a market close to home. Home-based entrepreneurs find the market to be a convenient outlet to sell their rolls, cakes, cookies, jellies, pickles and honey.

A successful market relies on dependable, quality vendors like the ones who have been selling for the past three seasons. All vendors are knowledgeable about their products. The Madison market has proved to be a convenient way for customers to buy their family’s food directly from the grower or producer. Most of the produce on sale each Tuesday afternoon is fresh picked earlier in the day.

During the summer-long run of the market, customers will find fresh in-season produce and other specialty foods. Beef, pork, tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, eggplants, squashes, lettuces, blueberries, blackberries, okra, beans and cucumbers will likely be among the weekly offerings. Other vendors will bring fresh eggs, milk, honey, flowers, and homemade goods like preserves, pickles, cakes, breads and cookies.

Vendors interested in becoming a part of Madison’s market need to contact Lucy Weber at (601) 397-4746 if they cannot attend the March 28 meeting or need more information.