The River City has a new option for local produce. Saturday, June 3 saw the grand opening of the Riverfront Farmers Market.
Located downtown along the Escatawpa River, residents and vendors spent a wet Saturday morning shopping for fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods and homemade soaps
“Moss Point is a wonderful little city that’s got a lot going for it, but there are some things the city wants changed,” said Felicia Yearwood, the city’s grant writer. “People were really excited about the idea of a farmers market to support our local industry, our local farmers, make sure they are successful selling their produce here. It is also giving us an opportunity to have fresh local food that’s grown here in Mississippi. It isn’t shipped in from California or flown in from Brazil. It just recently came out of the ground yesterday. It’s fresh and good for you and at a good price, so people really do appreciate it.”
The farmers market was made possible thanks to a partnership between the Moss Point Parks and Recreation Department and the Healthy Hometown Committee.
“The Healthy Hometown Committee has been very active in promoting healthy eating in terms of improving the quality of items that we have in our city vending machines, encouraging people to grow their own gardens for their families,” Yearwood explained. “We’re looking into possibly having a community garden in the future.”
Committee member Peter Blank was very excited to describe some of the projects the group has been involved in.
“This committee is involved in getting more bike paths and sidewalks for the city,” he explained. “This farmers market is a way to get the community more environmentally conscious and more health conscious, promoting local food and healthy eating, supporting local farmers and cooking at home, which is good for your health.”
Even the though the clouds hung heavy Saturday morning, the weather did not deter visitors from this new farmers market.
“When we started out at 7 o’clock this morning, it was raining and people still came out,” Yearwood said. “We had people shopping with their umbrellas, and as the sun came out we’ve had more people show up. We’ve had people coming steadily through the whole morning.”
By 9:30 a.m., Blank said there were close to 100 visitors to the farmers market.
For anyone who may have missed the grand opening, the good news is farmers market is planned to be a permanent feature to Saturday mornings in Moss Point.
“The time is set right now from 7-11 a.m., but that can change depending on the feedback we get from our vendors and customers,” Yearwood said, “but definitely every Saturday of the year, rain or shine.”