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Harmony Park Farmer’s Market announces 2020 opening

May 21, 2020 - 06:00
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  • Harmony Park Farmer’s Market announces 2020 opening
    The Harmony Park Farmer’s Market will kick off the summer season on Saturday May 23 from 8 a.m. – noon. CONTRIBUTED

After an unexpected postponed opening day due to COVID-19, the Harmony Park Farmer’s Market will kick off the summer season from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 23.

The market will be open every Saturday with the same hours until Sept. 26. Harmony Park will be following safety protocols and have signage reminding visitors of safe-distancing practices.

The 2020 Farmer’s Market will feature fresh produce, flowers, pet treats, woodcrafts, clothing, honey and beeswax products, crafts, homemade jams, candy and baked goods and more.

Harmony Park has an extensive array of vendors each week including several local favorites. The Lee Family (Keturah’s Home Bakery) offers amazing baked goods each week from layer cakes and breads to cheese straws and pastries. Hemi Blueberries offers fresh, pesticide-free local blueberries from their Greensboro farm.

The Peach Man is a popular favorite with weekly peach varieties direct from the growers in South Carolina as well as his legendary cold blueberry cream cheese pies. S&W Little Farm sells fresh brown eggs along with salsa, pickles, jellies, jams and vegetables. Russel Ivey’s produce stand is always busy with tomatoes, melons, okra, squash, corn and other fresh produce; this year, Russell is growing lettuce and kale to sell along with his regular produce.

Lacy Lou’s is a hotspot for dog lovers and their four-legged guests with homemade pet treats and accessories. Georgia Clucker Wood Products has beautiful cutting boards, snake stompers, cornhole boards along with other hand-crafted items.

The market also has vendors with boiled peanuts, handcrafted jewelry, handmade wreaths, canned vegetables and fruits and local Georgia honey, Children can enjoy the adjacent playground at Harmony Park making it a fun weekend destination.

As more vendor participation comes in, additional announcements will be made on the market’s Facebook page.

“For years, we’ve worked hard to provide the Lake Oconee community a summer Saturday destination for fresh product and other items,” said Lowell White, Jr., owner of Harmony Crossing retail and medical complex. “This year, it was difficult to have to delay our start by two weeks due to COVID-19, but we feel very confident that both our vendors and customers understand shopping safety practices since the grocery stores have remained open. The warm weather and open-air market should be a welcome respite for everyone.”

“There is definitely a lot of consumer interest in our market opening” says Lee Heffernan, marketing consultant for Harmony Crossing Farmer’s Market overseer. “Our Facebook page has seen a spike in followers over the past month and we’ve seen inquiries on NextDoor as well. I think people want to get out, enjoy the nice weather and shop for ‘fresh from the farm’ local produce and other it ems which also supports our local vendors.”

- Contributed