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Opening Day at Lawrenceville Farmers' Market

The market opened its sixth season of "locally grown goodness" on Saturday, June 4 with a new location and a new program in place to make fresh, local foods more accessible to all residents.

The Lawrenceville Farmers' Market celebrated its opening day on Saturday, June 4 in a new location, the old police station on 20 South Clayton Street.

"This is a great location for us. We've got more space and better visibility from the street," said Market Manager Sonny McBride.

The market offers local, homegrown produce, grass-fed beef, free range poultry, dairy products, fresh eggs, baked goods, local handicrafts, natural pet treats, handmade soaps and lotions, jams, jellies, sauces, honey and more.

According to McBride, the market, now in its sixth year, has nearly 40 vendors. Ten of those are produce vendors.

"Ten produce vendors is a big deal. Most markets can't boast that," McBride said.

New to the market this year is the EBT program. Thousands of Georgia families use the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps). 

SNAP customers decide beforehand how much money they want to spend at the market and swipe their EBT card at the Lawrenceville Farmers' Market tent. They will be issued wooden tokens in that amount, and the tokens can be used to buy fresh, local foods from vendors at the market.

According to information from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, this new program increases the access to fresh and healthy foods for SNAP customers, while generating local business and contributing to the local economy.

The Lawrenceville Farmers' Market is open every Saturday through September 24 from 8 a.m. to noon. Visit the website or check it out the market's Facebook page for more information. 

Tiffany June 06, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Great write-up! The first day at the market was fun! Sublime Confections (www.sublime-confections.com) enjoyed meeting the lawrenceville community and sampling French Macarons.
Raven Nichols June 06, 2011 at 08:50 PM
Thanks, Tiffany. Your Macarons are amazing! I was trying to describe them to my husband. I think I'll just have to buy enough on Saturday to make sure some of them actually make it home!
Donna Wilson June 06, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Awesome!!! I love seeing these local Farmer's Markets pop-up, all over the Atlanta metro area! I'll have to check this one out, soon! The more of us folks that support local organic farmers, the better for ALL of us, especially our health & longevity! :)
Cathy Henry June 07, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Wish I lived closer! Article and pictures made me hungry!
Jay June 07, 2011 at 01:46 PM
Tiffany - great webisite! Now I've got to come to the L'ville market to get some.
Tiffany June 08, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Thanks! See you there!
Janet July 09, 2011 at 04:23 AM
The Fussell's are off the charts with their Cream Cheese Pound Cakes!! I can't stop eating them- check them out...you will not be disappointed. Thanks Fussell family...you rock!!

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