Farmer’s market coming to Cornelia

Cornelia is kicking off summer right with a farmers market showcasing fresh produce and other vendors.

“We’re excited to bring a farmers market to Cornelia this year and hope it’s successful enough to do in the following years!” says the city’s Main Street manager Noah Hamil.

The market will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month, May through August. It will be held at AppleTree Alley, behind Bigg Daddys in downtown Cornelia.

This year’s opening date is May 27.

The night before each market – May 27, June 24, July 29, and August 6 – the AppleTree Alley parking lot will be closed at midnight.

Supporting local farmers

Agriculture is Georgia’s leading industry, contributing approximately $69.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development.

Georgia Farm Bureau says one in seven Georgians works in agriculture, forestry, or related fields. In 2020, there were 42,439 farms in Georgia, encompassing nearly 10 million acres of land.

It’s estimated that the average farmer in the U.S. spends 35 hours a week farming and another 9 hours weekly on off-farm work.

“Often, we overlook the work that goes into the industry. Farmer’s markets are a chance to meet the producers and support their dedication to the craft,” Hamil says.

It costs $25 to reserve a vendor spot at the market. To apply, contact or call him at 706-778- 8585 ext. 209.

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