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BY JOSH PRESLEY
With growing season in full swing, the West Point Farmers Market will return on May 29.
The market will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Mossy Oak Outdoor Outlet in West Point and run each Thursday throughout the summer.
West Point Clay County Growth Alliance Director and Market Coordinator Lisa Klutts said this year's market is still in the early planning stages, but she hopes it will be the biggest one yet.
"It gives local farmers the opportunity to sell what they've grown," Klutts said. "It also gives the community (the chance) to purchase produce and know where it comes from because you don't always know where it comes from in a grocery store."
Klutts said that basic farmers and vendors will be at the market, with some being there each week and some will come when their produce arrives.
"We'll have everything from fruits and vegetables to flowers and plants," she said. "There will also baked goods and canned goods like jams, jellies and pickles."
Klutts said there will also be live music, arts and crafts and animals.
She said that each market will have some sort of seminar related to farming.
"The first one will be on growing produce so the average person who doesn't farm will know how to start a garden in their back yard," she said. "We'll have one on making compost and also a cooking seminar - something different each week."
She said that in years past, the vendors have been under the pavilion at Mossy Oak, but due to a scheduling conflict they will wrap around the sidewalk of the building this year.
"It's turning into more of a community outlet where you're out shopping together in a more concentrated location for a certain amount of time," Klutts said. "You seem more people you know that way than when you're shopping at Walmart."
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