Farmers Market slated to open in April

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DAWSONVILLE, GEORGIA- April 10, 2017:

Beginning this spring, a new farmers market will be open in Dawson County.

The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market is scheduled to open on Friday, April 28. The market, located in the Tractor Supply parking lot, will be open Friday afternoons from 3:30 until 7 p.m. The market is launched by the Amicalola Regional Agriculture Committee, a program of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

“Our Agriculture Committee has worked diligently for more than a year on bringing a market together that will offer fresh, local produce to our community,” Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes said. “Our committee is looking forward to introducing this opportunity to our community. We hope visiting the market become a Friday night tradition for many local families.”

Making the market as locally grown as possible was a top priority for the committee. Vendors who participate in the market must show their produce is grown in Dawson County or a county that touches Dawson (Forsyth, Hall, Gilmer, Fannin, Lumpkin). Local artisans offering handmade arts, crafts, soaps, honey and baked goods will also be at the market. Nonprofit organizations are also invited to sell baked goods.  The committee has waived all vendor fees for the first year in order to encourage a wide variety of producers to participate.

Market Manager and Dawson County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister said he is looking forward to Dawson County having more options for fresh produce. “We are excited to expand the opportunities in Dawson County for customers and vendors at our new farmers’ market location,” MacAllister said. “The Amicalola Regional Farmers Market will help connect local farmers with those seeking fresh food and farm-related products.”

Vendor spaces are still available. For an application to participate, contact MacAllister at clarkmac@uga.edu or call 706-265-2442.

The Chamber will kick-off the opening of the market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony shortly before the market opens on April 28th at 3:3 0 p.m. Tractor Supply is located at 6921 Highway 53 East. For more information, visit http://fb.me/amicalolafarmersmarket or call the Chamber at 706-265-6278 for more information.

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The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce represents over 450 members in the North Georgia region.  The organization exists to fulfill the mission of “cultivating a successful economic environment and a desirable quality of life for our businesses and community.”  Located just north of the intersection of Georgia 400 and Highway 53, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development provides a Welcome Center and visitor and business information to visitors and local citizens and businesses.  To plan a trip or learn more about business and tourism in Dawson County, please visit www.dawson.org.

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