Area markets ready for commerce

By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - For many people, spring means the start of warmer temperatures, and the first opportunity to buy fresh produce from Alabama farmers. This year, several new farmers markets will open in our area.

Organizers say more people are becoming interested in eating locally, and supporting Alabama farmers.

Apr. 17, Pepper Place in Birmingham will open its first ever spring market. Farmers will sell a variety of local produce.

"It's a community gathering and it's wonderful for everybody," said Pepper Place farmers market founder Cathy Crenshaw, "They come at 7 a.m. and leave at noon. We hope everyone will join us."

David Snyder hopes the same concept catches on in downtown Homewood.

While working to open up a new restaurant, he got the idea to start the city's first farmers market at the corner of 18th St. South and 29th Avenue.

"What we wanted to do was bring something down here on the weekends that allows merchants to benefit from extra traffic," said Snyder, "As well as giving families activities they can participate in on weekends."

Plans are also finalized for the first farmers market in Oliver Park in Calera. Organizer Rebecca Krueger said 10 farmers will start out selling local produce. She said she has already received a lot of positive feedback from city leaders and residents.

"Everybody is looking for ways to promote health living with their families," said Krueger, "This is an opportunity close to home for people to buy fresh produce and talk to farmers who grew it."

Here are a few markets around town.

-Pepper Place Spring Market opens April 17th through the Summer. Saturdays, 7am - 12pm.

-Homewood Farmers Market opens May 22nd at the corner of 18th St. South & 29th Ave. Saturdays, 7am - 12pm

-Calera Farmers Market opens June 1 at Oliver Park. Tuesdays, 3pm - 7pm

-Eastlake Farmers Market opens May 23 at 7753 First Avenue South. Saturdays, 7am -12pm.

-Trussville Farmers Market opens May 25th at 147 N. Chalkville Road. Tuesdays, 2pm - 5:30pm

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