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Changes coming to farmers market
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Forsyth County News

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Vendors interested in learning more about the Forsyth County Farmers Market can contact market manager Hank Gravitt at (770) 335-0118.

There will be a few changes to this year’s Forsyth County Farmers Market.

Farmers and other vendors who participate in the annual market, held during the summer and early fall at the Cumming Fairgrounds, were invited to take part in a meeting Thursday.

Hank Gravitt, who was recently appointed as the new market manager by a committee overseeing it, said changes this year would include the starting and ending dates.

“We’ll be moving up the starting date by about a week to around June 2, and we’ll be cutting off about two weeks at the end of the season so we’ll end around [Aug. 29],” he said.

Gravitt said the market times will also be changed slightly.

He said in the past, it has been open from 7 a.m. until vendors sell out. This year, it will open at 6:30 a.m.

Gravitt also discussed vendor fees.

He said during last year’s market, vendors were asked to pay $10 each time they participated in the market, which is held every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the season.

This year, he said, that price will be reduced to $5 per session.

Gravitt said the fees will be used to pay for portable toilets and for increased advertising, including billboards and other signage.

“We hope to bring more people in this year,” he said.

The farmers market, which has been held in Cumming for about 40 years, is open to local residents who grows their own produce.

Vendors from Cherokee, Dawson, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Lumpkin and Pickens counties can also participate.

Last year, the market was also opened to local artisans who handcraft items.

It will again be open to such vendors this year, Gravitt said, as well as those selling homemade baked goods.