West Point and Clay County has always had an abundance of farmers, whether they're raising cattle, managing timber, raising swine or growing fruits and vegetables. Many livestock and timber farmers in the area are able to make great profits off of what they grow, but some fruit and vegetable farmers are having a tougher time selling their organic crops, despite the fact that many people prefer those crops to the frozen fruits and veggies sold at local store.
But with the help and persistence of residents who see the need for a local market that offers homegrown fruits and vegetables, farmers who grow those fruits and vegetables will have the opportunity to take their crops to market, offer residents a fresh alternative to eating healthy foods and expand their fruit and vegetable farms and gardens.
Several months ago when community members were making an effort to bring another farmers' market to West Point, the Mississippi State Extension Office informed the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance that there were not enough fruit and vegetable farmers in the county for the area to have and manage a farmers' market. Now community members are rallying together to form a market that they feel is much needed and will be very appreciated by many in West Point and Clay County.
On Thursday, March 10, there will be a Farmers' Market Planning Meeting at 5:30 p.m. held at the Growth Alliance on Broad Street for interested residents to attend and talk about how a farmers' market can be managed successfully in West Point.
Martha Allen, community development director for the Growth Alliance, is helping to organize the meeting and is asking all farmers, gardeners, bakers and candle makers to participate in this meeting.
“We will be forming a committee to oversee the activities of the market and look forward to its success at its new location on Highway 45 under the pavilion at Mossy Oak,” Allen said. “If you like to shop at Farmer’s markets, we need you to attend also so we can all share ideas.”