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Cumming Farmers Market opens
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CUMMING -- The Cumming Farmer’s Market kicked of its 2016 season on Wednesday and got off to a good start.

“We had a very good day. We actually had probably the most vendors that we’ve had at the market on opening day,” Manager Randy Gazaway said. “As far as attendance-wise, we had a very good day with the customers also.”

Those who missed opening day will have plenty of other chances to purchase the locally grown food.

The market will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to about 11 a.m. until the end of September at the Cumming

Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road. Customers are encouraged to get there early because vendors may sell out before 11 a.m.

Gazaway said customers can get everything from baked goods, soaps, meat products and an array of vegetables, some of which won’t be available until they come into season later this summer.

There is one rule for the market.

“It has to be local, in Forsyth or surrounding counties,” Gazaway said.

He will even be selling some of his own products.

“I sell sausage. I sell different pork cuts. I sell several different toes of beef cuts also,” he said. “All my meat is hormone-, steroid- and antibiotic-free.”

He said customers will also find that the products are more flavorful, healthy and affordable than those bought in stores.

“We’re going to be competitive on price compared to the grocery store,” Gazaway said. “Some things might be a tad bit higher, but then a lot of [other] things would be cheaper. As far as freshness, you cannot get fresher vegetables than coming out to the market.”

For those interested in selling their own products at the market, contact Gazaway at (770) 843-2485 or go to the market and fill out an application.