A long tradition

Kelsey Gerhardt|Daily News The farmers market at Harrogate Methodist Church parking lot has been around for more than 20 years. This is a tradition of fresh produce, canned jams and tasty baked goodies grown or made in the area.

Nothing cools you off during the summer better than a slice of sweet, cold watermelon and nothing is better for the community than buying it from a local produce stand or farmers market.

“We grow it and we eat it; fresh or canned and we sell it too,” said Harrogate Farmers Market member Bobbi Littrell.

From the end of March until Thanksgiving, the parking lot at Harrogate Methodist Church is lined with stalls selling sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, peaches, apples, honey and a variety of baked sweets. The sellers grow the produce themselves, or purchase it for sale from neighboring farms.

Littrell and fellow farmer Mary Hall started the stand 21 years ago, however Hall has been told stories of a farmers market in the area from many years ago.

“Now, I’ve been told that there was a man selling produce under that shade tree over there across the road and people would come through with their covered wagons and buy things from him. It’s been a long time since then, but I guess we’re doing just about the same thing,” said Hall.

Littrell’s stall has homemade jams, jellies, relishes, salsa and baked goodies ranging from rice crispy treats to fresh banana bread.

“There’s a better flavor coming straight from the field. We pick it one day and sell it the next. It’s cheaper, fresher, hasn’t been refrigerated and there’s no chemicals like the stuff at the supermarket,” said Littrell.

The market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. or until they run out of produce. They do not accept credit cards.

Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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