Organizers started the event in 2017 as a way to give farmers an opportunity to gather and provide access to locally grown and produced, healthy, and affordable food.
“We started this to meet the need for local, producers-only market with products that are free-range, organic, and non-GMO,” said Allison Mackey, the market manager. “There was an opportunity to support local farmers and create a market geared toward a younger crowd that takes place during the week.”
New this year is the idea of “Hot Eats,” which are local vendors who produce something new and different for the market. The May vendor is Soul Wingery and Records, asked to participate thanks to the restaurant’s wings, sandwiches, and loaded French fries.
The locally grown food is something customers have come to expect from the College Street Market, and the selections include fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and fresh baked goods. Unique jewelry and gifts are also offered by local vendors.
In addition to the market, organizers said live music is a key component of the weekly event.
“We have tried to make this a fun event with live music at Singin’ River LIVE as well as ready-to-eat-food so that it’s a good shopping experience for the whole family,” Mackey said. “Plus, we’re pet-friendly.”