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Growers needed for festival farmers' market

AS PART of the Crystal Springs (Miss.) Tomato Festival to be held June 25-26, a Farmers' Market will be held downtown in Railroad Park (Saturday only), festival officials said. Organizers are looking for growers who will have produce ready to sell by late June.

Any locally grown produce is acceptable, a festival official said.

In late June, this might include tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, summer squash, snap beans, southern peas, butter beans, cabbage, sweet corn, cucumbers, okra, greens, watermelons, cantaloupes, herbs, and shiitake mushrooms.

Fruit crops can also be sold. These might include blueberries, peaches, plums, and blackberries. Honey, preserves, potted plants, or cut flowers are also welcome in the Farmers' Market.

You don't have to be a full time grower to participate in the Farmers' Market, according to the official. If you have enough surplus from your garden and would like to sell it, you are welcome to join.

There are two requirements: (1) All produce for sale must be grown in Mississippi, and (2) you must fill out and return an application to be allowed to sell your produce.

There is no fee for participants. The application should include: your name, address, town, phone, e-mail, list of vegetables you intend to sell, list of fruits you intend to sell, and a list of other items (cut flowers, honey, preserves, etc) you intend to sell.

Applications should to mailed to Rick Snyder, professor and vegetable specialist, Truck Crops Experiment Station, P.O. Box 231, Crystal Springs, MS 39059 or faxed to 601-892-2056.

Applications need to be returned by June 18.

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