Producers, community benefit from market

Published 10:52 am Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Saturday in downtown Atmore was a little different and that difference will be seen again this Saturday.

The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a “Market in the Park” event hosted by Atmore’s First National Bank and Trust. The banking facilities new park created a wonderful backdrop for local farmers and producers to offer their crops and products to the public.

Sheryl Vickery said the event was to offer an opportunity for local buyers to purchase fruits, vegetables, honey, jams, preserves and a multitude of other items from local folks who sell those things for a living.

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The atmosphere was wonderful with shoppers and sellers gathered for a common purpose.

Although the event could have been better attended to local buyers, the event was certainly a success at its intent. Local sellers had a chance to meet local buyers and get their name and reputation out there for the community to see.

This Saturday, June 25, will find the same event happening again in downtown Atmore. Buyers who may have missed the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and home-made goods will have the opportunity.

We applaud the Chamber of Commerce for seeing this opportunity to help our agricultural friends and offering a venue for their goods. We also applaud First National Bank and Trust for offering to host the event.

We certainly hope that farmers of all kinds will take the opportunity to gather in the “market” to offer their wares to interested buyers.

We also hope that buyers will consider lending a helping hand to our farming neighbors by taking a trip downtown this Saturday to rustle up a mess of fresh vegetables as well as fruits, flowers and homemade goodies.

Atmore’s slogan is “Old Friends and New Beginnings.” We like this new beginning for a wonderful event and it lets us help our old friends.