Celebrate Earth Day this year by doing something good for your local community, with a visit to the Oxford City Market on West Oxford Loop on Tuesday.
Earth Day is a great time to remember to reduce, reuse and recycle, and it’s also a great day to eat fresh fruit and vegetables straight off the farmer’s truck.
The market opens for its first Tuesday of the season, and will remain open from 3-6:30 p.m. Just look for the big white tent in the middle of the parking lot.
The market will be open every Tuesday until November 25. It is accepting vendor applications online at its website and is also looking for an official music scout and booker.
Katie Morrison with the city market updated the Board of Aldermen on April 15 about the outcome of the city market’s first season.
Forty-five vendors sold goods; more than 40 volunteers participated from Oxford and the University of Mississippi; the USDA approved EBT sales; the market made more than $7,000 in booth rentals, T-shirts, beverages and bags; the OUT bus added stops at the location; and the Powerhouse donated indoor facilities to allow an extended season.
Other area farmers markets will be opening in the next two weeks. The Midtown Farmers’ Market reopens May 3 and will be open from 7-11 a.m. Saturdays, while its Wednesday market will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The market, located in the Mid-Town Shopping Plaza on North Lamar is on Facebook.
Seven days each week, you can find Brown’s Family Dairy Farm milk and fresh produce at the Farmers Market Store, located at 274 CR 101 in Oxford. It is open 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. six days a week and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sundays.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous next Saturday, consider taking a trip north to the Hernando Farmers Market. It’s ranked fifth among the nation’s largest markets and the DeSoto County Earth Day celebration will start up at 10 a.m. The market is held on the DeSoto County Courthouse lawn and it’s a beautiful venue. The market opened a week early to coincide with the county Earth Day celebration.
Gretchen Stone is HottyToddy.com associate editor. Gretchen can be contacted about this story at Gretchen.Stone@HottyToddy.com