Music played live in the background while 14 vendors sold their goods at Sewell Mill Community & Farmer’s Market, including organic vegetables, honey, and herbs to pizza, barbecue and even bird feeders.
“Our mission is to support local farmers, crafters and hobbyists in offering a place to bring their produce and products to the market and to provide a weekly community event,” said co-founder Caron Connelly of Bremen. “The Community and Farmer’s market has been created to provide an economic development tool and community gathering place.”
Connelly says the market will be a season-long attraction.
“We started on April 11 and will continue each Thursday until Oct. 31, except for the 4th of July,” said Connelly, who is also the Events Manager of Sewell Mill. “All of our visitors are encouraged to patronize downtown Bremen merchants as well. The idea is to keep produce and products local in order to help the local economy. We need more produce vendors as crops reach harvest time this summer and fall. We also want to help fight our serious local obesity problem. If we can bring some fresher, better food into our area, perhaps that will help,” said Connelly.
The market’s other co-founder, Cynthia Davis, said, “I think it’s going well. We have high-quality vendors, and visitors are very supportive. As Caron says, we need more produce. Even though we’re in an agricultural area, farmers can learn more about how to capitalize on what they grow; and the market is one good way to do that. We want to grow and groom our participants. We’re here to be new and interesting for our people. Caron and I got started when she asked for my vendor list from a previous attempt to start a farmer’s market. We got together and started our Sewell Mill endeavor.”
Exhibiting their vegetables for the first time in Bremen last Thursday, Wendy Crager of Crager Hager Farm in northern Carroll County said, “Bryan Hager and I are married and live on a farm that was started in 1896. We use only materials that are allowed under the National Organic Program.”
Greg and Nancy Dennis have been promoting their Prime Burger products from their Ranburne, Ala., farm since the second week of the market. “Prime Burger is meat from the entire cow, thoroughly mixed and ground. We don’t pull out any of the good cuts.”
Deborah Presnal of Wadley, Ala., sells “chickens, eggs, fresh produce in season, herbs, breads, jams and jellies and Kombucha Tea, often used for medicinal purposes.”
Caroline Bradd touted their wholesale and retail honey, behives, nucs, wax and pollination from Sweetwater Creek Honey Farm near Douglasville. The literature of another honey farm, Blessed Bee & Blue Collar Farms, quoted from Proverbs about their product: “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Food vendors included Double Cakes by Chris of Carrollton, operated by Chris Arrington. George Karaberis, owner Papou’s Pizza of Tallapoosa, gave cooking demonstrations and gave out samples of his creations. Old Smokey’s of Bowdon sold barbecue outside.
Hobbyists included Carol Poteet of Po’s Cabin Fever of Buchanan who said, “I’ve been a woodworker nearly all my life. Adirondack lawn chairs made of white pine are our best sellers.”
One shopper purchased decorative gourds painted by Cathy Jennings and a birdhouse with a roof made of a car license plate. Caron Connelly’s Creations included antique glassware, bird feeders, plants and herbal remedies. Landscapes and painted bottles were sold by Sarah Carnahan of Carrollton’s Twisted Mood Art Studio; and owner Demetrius Holtzclaw of Mr. D’s Homemade of Buchanan offered home crocheted and knitted items.
Other vendors included Wildwood Gifts of Waco by Jessy DeVere and Rachel Stagner; handcrafted goat milk soap and lotion by Down Home Soap Works, owned by Autumn Eidson of Bremen; Katielou Greene of Whitesburg sold varieties of plants from Katielou’s Lillies; the Bremen Junior Woman’s Club sold “That’s My Pan!” kitchen items to help fund the all-abilities Magnolia Playground in Bremen; and Alice Jane Wasdin encouraged support for the Haralson County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.
Bob Abdich of Carrollton, known as “Island Time Bob” strummed Jimmy Buffet tunes on his guitar during the market and sought membership in the West Georgia Parrott Head Club for Buffet fanatics.
For more information about the market, phone 770-843-8021, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.mylocalmart.biz.