Main Street Columbus readies for Holiday Farmers Market


Barbara Bigelow

Barbara Bigelow


Katherine Lucas

Katherine Lucas



Special to The Dispatch



The Hitching Lot Farmers Market Advisory Board and Main Street Columbus are putting final touches on Saturday's annual Hitching Lot Holiday Market. Open from 9 a.m.-noon at the corner of Second Street and Second Avenue North, the event that brings local growers, artists, crafters and the community together will offer patrons an opportunity to purchase homegrown, homemade and hand-crafted holiday foods and gifts. Mother Goose will entertain. Mississippi University for Women's Project CHEW food truck and Passport to Wellness will also be on hand with healthy treats and suggestions.


"This is the 12th year for the Holiday Market and is the perfect time to get those last-minute goodies just in time for Thanksgiving and to get a start on holiday shopping," said Barbara Bigelow, executive director of Main Street Columbus. "Our regular market season has ended, and this is a fabulous chance to stock up on your favorite vendors' goods. It's also a great time to shop for your Thanksgiving feast, grab lunch and catch up with friends and neighbors."


Market Coordinator Katherine Lucas added, "The same rules that are set for the regular Farmers Market season apply for the Holiday Farmers Market. These guidelines state that all produce, products and crafts must be locally-grown, made or 'conjured up.'"



Items must be sold by the grower or artist who produced them. There will be about 65 vendors on hand with a variety of produce, treats, face painting, gifts and one-of-a-kind crafts.


"This will be your last chance to experience the Hitching Lot Farmers Market until next May," Lucas said.


To learn more about the Holiday Market or to receive a vendor application, contact Main Street Columbus at 662-328-6305. Booth spaces for this event are $10. Advance registration is required, so call right away.


The mission statement of the Hitching Lot Farmers Market is to support the development of local sustainable farming by cultivating a vibrant farmers market that serves as a community gathering place celebrating local farmers, food producers and artisans.





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