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Friday Night Farmers Market set this week

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Al Cobb visits with a customer during July’s Friday Night Farmers Market. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry

The second Friday Night Farmers Market on the Square will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 11, 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.

“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 said when the first Friday Night Farmers Market kicked off in July.

Newman’s office has invited local producers to participate in the Farmers Market on the Square this Friday evening. Anyone not receiving an invitation but interested in selling their products at the event can contact Newman’s office at 931-433-3045.

Since August marks the peak of growing season, with more types of produce available in larger quantities than any other time of year, the week of Aug. 6-12 is National Farmers Market Week.

Hot weather crops like melons are plentiful through August, while most summer produce, like tomatoes, sweet corn, beans and squash accelerate their production through the month, according to Pick TN Products, who encourage Tennesseans to support area farmers markets.  Farm-direct meats and dairy products round out many farmers markets’ menus. These products are usually available regardless of the season at established markets that offer everything from beef, lamb, pork and poultry to milk, butter and cheese.

Pick Tennessee Products will mark National Farmers Market Week by lighting the Gateway Bridge over the Cumberland River in Nashville. On Tuesday night of this week, folks around Nashville will see the bridge lit up in green to recognize Pick Tennessee Products and the impact of farmers markets in Tennessee.

Find nearby farmers markets, seasonal recipes, farm activities, farm products and foods made in Tennessee at www.PickTnProducts.org, or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app.