Forsyth County will soon have a new place to turn for some of the best fresh fruits, vegetables and handmade food products the north Georgia area has to offer with the opening of the Vickery Village summer farmers market in south Forsyth.
Now in its second season, the Vickery Village Farmers Market in south Forsyth will switch to its regular summer hours on Thursday, April 11, offering the community locally grown and created products every Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon until Dec. 20.
According to market manager Joern Seigies, over the past winter vendors never really stopped coming to the market to sell their wares, but with the kickoff of summer hours they will be able to offer more options and more vendors to the community.
"A lot of these vendors already have Saturday markets, about half of them sell in Alpharetta, which opens this Saturday," Seigies said. "So we switch back to Thursday so we can have more vendors available."
Vickery Village will hold an additional market day on the first Saturday of every month for those who can’t make it out on Thursdays, Seigies said.
While there are other farmers markets in the local area, he said that Vickery Village’s market helps to bring quality produce into the heart of the south Forsyth community.
"We get a really good response actually … People love it, and there’s a history of markets at Vickery Village,” he said. “They've had markets there on several occasions ... So they remember that and they are excited about it in the local community."
When the market first opened last year, Seigies said they had about 15 vendors participate, but with the new summer hours he said that dozens of farms and sellers of fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, preserves, sauces, soaps and personal care products will be available.
But what really sets this market apart from others in the surrounding area is the emphasis they place on naturally-grown products that are truly locally grown, Seigies said.
"Our particular focus, especially on the produce side is that we're really focusing on organically grown produce," he said. "We are really looking for vendors that are Certified Naturally Grown to promote that concept in the market."
Vendors at the market are also limited to those within a 50-mile radius of Vickery Village, Seigies said, like Circle A Lettuce, My Daily Bread and many more.
For more information on the market and a list of their vendors, visit the market online at www.vickeryvillageshops.com.
Vickery Village Summer Farmers Market
Where: 5920 Post Road, in Cumming.
When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and the first Saturday of each month.
More Information: www.vickeryvillageshops.com