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Bring on spring, farmers market

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POSTED: January 26, 2011 9:29 a.m.

April can’t get here soon enough. By then, birds will have long since begun chirping as flowers bloom in bright colors. If you think about it hard enough, you can almost smell that clean, sweet air and feel the sun on your face.
Spring also brings to mind a time when fresh, crisp veggies are pulled straight from the garden. This year in North Bryan spring will bring more than just sunshine, flowers and the thought of vegetables harvested fresh from the earth.
April also will mark the beginning of Pembroke’s weekly farmers market.
Dubbed the Whistlestop Market, this brainchild of the city’s Downtown Development Authority will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from April through November. There, vendors from Bryan and a handful of surrounding counties will be able to sell their produce and crafts, all while promoting Pembroke’s downtown and providing a heightened sense of community.
Vendors will sell produce, baked goods, homemade sauces, artwork, candles, pottery, soap and more.
What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting to know your community?
But this farmers market has the potential to be much more than just a way to get out and meet the people you live around.
If a study from the University of Georgia’s college of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center is correct, it could also be a small boon for the economy. According to that study, if every household in Georgia spent $10 a week on local produce, it would bring in $1.9 million for the state. Imagine what that could mean for the local economy of Bryan County.
So in case there wasn’t enough to hold our breath for with the impending arrival of spring, Pembroke just provided one more thing to look forward to. It’s been a long winter – let the countdown to spring begin.

 

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