Well it is officially summertime in Mississippi! The trees are green, the grass is growing, and the heat is on the way. There are so many reasons that this is my favorite time of year, but at the top of the list is because it is farmers’ market season!

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My wife and I are huge proponents of buying local whether it be shopping at local businesses, eating at local restaurants, or buying local food. Luckily Starkville, Mississippi, has embraced this philosophy as well and we have a strong network of local businesses that are extremely involved in our community. We also have a very strong farmers’ market that continues to grow and expand, which comes in handy since we also try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible (check out www.100daysofrealfood.com for some great information).

The Starkville Community Market has evolved greatly over the past few years. It began with a few vendors on Lafayette Street, then it found a home at the corner of Jackson and Lampkin Street downtown, and has now grown into a 2-day per week market with a variety of vendors! It is not just a market, it is a social event where you catch up with friends, listen to live music, and eat fresh local food. You can find anything from fruits and vegetables to bread and baked goods.

If you have not been to the Starkville Community Market then you are missing out! The market runs from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and (if you are not a morning person) from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Look for our local vendors at the corner of Jackson and Lampkin Street in Downtown Starkville! Follow “Starkville: Mississippi’s College Town” on Facebook for a weekly list of vendors and other exciting events!

Below are a few photos that I have taken at the market over the years. Hopefully the rich colors and textures will make you hungry enough to get up early this Saturday and head downtown! There are also a few farmers’ market photos scattered throughout my Food Gallery if you are interested.

I also want to point out the amazing graphics and advertisements that the market is using this year. I must point out that I had absolutely nothing to do with the ad or the graphics, but I wanted you to see them! The hand-illustrated work was done by Haley Montgomery of Small Pond Graphics and has really added to the excitement this year. The colors are so fresh and exciting and really speak to the personality and feel of our market. Check out Haley’s post about the creation of these graphics.

Bon appetit!

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