The Braselton Farmers Market is back, starting off its winter season with plenty of produce and goodies in the wider South Hall area.
The market, open 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at 9924 Davis St., plans to have about 11 vendors offering everything from vegetables to sausage, boiled peanuts, beef, dog treats and more.
“There’s so much growth here in Braselton,” said Peg Sheffield, market manager. “Every market, I talk to two or three people who have just moved here from surrounding towns. Almost every market, someone says, ‘I’m new here, and I’m glad to find out about this.’”
That growth has led to vendors sticking around for the market, even in the cold weather.
Roberts Family Blueberry Farm out of Clermont will be at the January market with fruit and vegetables. Sheffield said they’ll bring tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, zucchini, cabbage, lettuce and spinach.
Presley's Farm & Garden from Maysville will have things like collard and turnip greens, along with eggs and beef.
“They bring their freezers full of different cuts of beef and pork,” Sheffield said.
One of the more interesting options for visitors will be Yang Farm out of Statham, which will have items like baby bok choy, mustard greens, yu choy, Taiwan bok choy and Chinese broccoli among herbs like lemon grass, cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, garlic and ginger.
Braselton Farmers Market
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 18
Where: 9924 Davis St., Braselton
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“They have a very unusual assortment from what we typically see at a farmers market,” Sheffield said.
Although the Braselton Farmers Market is usually well-attended, Sheffield said it’s hard to estimate how many people will come each time.
“The farmers market is a roller coaster,” Sheffield said. “If I had the secret to what brings people out I would be very happy.”
If she had to guess, though, she said the secret is produce. That’s why she said they never turn a farmer away.
“People want fresh, locally grown vegetables more than anything,” Sheffield said. “As long as we have space available, we will add farmers. You just can’t have enough produce.”
So that’s what they offer: fresh produce.
On top of that, bakeries join the market along with businesses that sell fresh jam and even fresh-made sausage with many different recipes.
And all the different options at the market fit perfectly into the green market bags they give out for free. Sheffield said they have just one request.
“They’re free, you just have to fill it up,” Sheffield said, laughing.