Farmer's Market serves community for more than 60 years - - Jackson, MS

Farmer's Market serves community for more than 60 years

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Generations of people have been to the farmers' market at the corner of Woodrow Wilson and west street in Jackson. It opens in March and closes in November. Patty Lee, a Greenwood resident, says she has been coming for years.

"I've been coming down here maybe for 40 years. I've been coming here shopping with Brenda. I can't come to Jackson without stopping by and seeing her. She always has the best produce anywhere. It's fresh and it came from Smith County, that's where I grew up," Lee said.

Dorris Berry has operated a stand at the farmers' market for 62-years. She says there is a big difference between her produce and what you find in a grocery store.

"Well this is fresh produce and they don't always have fresh produce. Theirs is a lot of times shipped in but most of ours, sometimes we have stuff that's not but mostly ours is homegrown stuff," Berry said.

The Langham Family has operated a stand for as long, Brenda has been at the farmers' market more than 40-years.

"Most everything we sell comes fresh off the farm. I know what's in that tomato, I know what's on that cucumber or I know how that water melon and cantaloupe have been grown. I know that my dad's not going to put anything in it that is going to hurt his family, let alone somebody else that comes along and wants to buy it," added Farmer's Market vendor, Brenda Langham.

Even this late in the season, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on the shelves.

"We still have lots of vegetables. Our late squash, cucumber, tomatoes. We have the green peanuts. We also have all the decorations; pumpkins and mums, hay and corn stalks. Daddy will be pulling greens starting next week, so we have turnips and mustard greens out here," Langham added.

One shopper brought her son and granddaughter, she says she's a long-time patron of the old farmers' market.

"For many years. I've been in Jackson, I guess about 60-years and I've been coming out here about that long," said Jessie Wade, Farmer's Market patron.

 And about changes to the old farmers' market. Berry says it's about the same as it has been for 60-years.

"Well not a whole lot as far as just changes, it's not. Been doing the same thing and all the time. Not that big of a change except less people," Berry added.

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