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Memories sprawl throughout Market Square Farmers and Artisans Market, and the square is set to fill with market-goers on May 4, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., when vendors prepare their goods for the community.

Kelly Whitley, who has visited Market Square Farmers and Artisan Market for about 20 years, said her youngest son, Luke, was named ‘Sprout of the Week.’

“Him being named ‘Sprout of the Week’ on his first-ever visit to the market is one of my sweetest memories, and he was only eight weeks old,” Whitley said.

Utilizing the Market Square Farmers and Artisan Market, Whitley said she enjoys teaching her sons where food comes from.

“It doesn’t magically appear on supermarket shelves,” Whitley said. “There are real people behind the scenes. Plus, we enjoy responsibly grown, local food and getting to know all the farmers.”

Visiting the market herself every Saturday when the market’s bustling, Cheri Bedford, market manager, vendor coordinator and Paris Main Street Director, said her favorite part of the farmers market is the vendors’ goods on sale.

“When we first started encouraging farmers to come back in 2010, there were very few that came,” Bedford said. “Now the word is out, and we have a lot of farmers. Fresh veggies grown here in our area being available to purchase is also a favorite of mine.”

Bedford said it was well thought out when the market added artisan items in 2015.

“There have been some great products coming out from the community,” Bedford said. “We knew there were a lot of very creative people in our community, so it is a good place for people to find artisan products not found in stores.”

Bedford said she truly enjoys the community aspect surrounding Market Square Farmers and Artisan Market.

“We have a robust market thanks to the community who supports the vendors,” Bedford said. “The vendors have their regulars, and there are also market newbies who visit for the first time, and they love it.”

Market Square Farmers and Artisans Market will begin its 2019 season on opening day, May 4. The market will open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., after opening day.

For more information on the market and how to become a vendor, visit the city of Paris’ website here. 


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