The first of two Friday Night Farmers Market on the Square events will be held from 4-7 p.m. this Friday, July 14, in downtown Fayetteville.
Organized by Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman, the Friday Night Farmers Market will give consumers here another opportunity to support local producers, particularly those consumers who may not be able to visit the Farmers Market at 421 Lincoln Avenue South in Fayetteville during its usual morning hours this time of year.
“So many times when people get off work, they’d probably go to the Farmers Market and stop by Gerald’s or some other local grocery store,” said Newman last week.
“This event is all about exposing people to locally grown products, drawing folks downtown and making it more convenient and available to people unable to come during normal Farmers Market hours.”
Newman’s office has sent out 34 letters, inviting local producers to participate in the Farmers Market on the Square this Friday evening and again on Friday evening, Aug. 11.
“We’ve worked closely with David Qualls of the Lincoln County Agricultural Extension Service,” said the county mayor, noting that invitations were sent to Qualls’ list of approved producers.
Anyone not receiving an invitation but interested in selling their products at the event can contact Newman’s office at 931-433-3045.
“We’ll, in turn, submit those requests to David’s office, and as long he approves them, they’re welcome to participate.
“With a lot of crops coming in this time of year, July and August are ideal times for a Friday Night Farmers Market on the Square,” he added. “I thought we’d try it and see how well it is received … Hopefully, folks will come out and show our local producers their support.”