Meridian Main Street says it hopes the new Earth's Bounty Festival will boost the local Farmer's Market, by encouraging more people to buy fruits and vegetables grown here at home.
The festival happens the first Saturday of the month, June to November. It's an addition to the regular Farmer's Market held Monday through Friday on Front Street, under the 18th Avenue bridge.
Organizers say it's a great way for people to get locally grown produce, fresh from the farm.
"We're doing this to let the area people know that local farmers are growing fresh produce, and fresh produce tastes better and it's better for you," said Lisa Mathis Smith of Mathis Peaches and Produce.
The Earth's Bounty Festival takes place the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. at Singing Brakeman Park.
Vendor spots are still available for local farmers.
Those interested may contact Meridian Main Street at 601-693-7480 or Kay O' Shaughnessy at 601- 482-7699 to obtain an application. Booths will cost $25 per market, with the opportunity to purchase multiple spaces if needed.
There is no admission for shoppers, and the festival goes on rain or shine.
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