Fresh produce, hot meals and good company. The Freedom Farmers' Market at the Carter Center enjoyed a spectacular Grand Opening event.
A crowd of shoppers were already gathering well before the official opening of the market at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Like other markets, shoppers can use cash or purchase tokens with debt and credit cards; SNAP users can also purchase tokens with their benefits card. But unlike other markets, it is run by the vendors themselves.
A group of farmers and friends organized the market expressing a desire to be less shackled by rules that govern other markets.
At Freedom Farmers' Market, vendors can sell their own goods as well as goods from qualified vendors within a 150 mile radius that otherwise would not be able to participate.
For River View Farms, that means selling not only their livestock and grain products, but cheese from Tennessee and smoked trout from North Carolina.
The variety of vendors also opens up the door for a special experience. Sparta Imperial Mushrooms, Georgia's only certified organic mushroom farm, brought Shiitake, Oyster and Lion's Main mushrooms for opening day.
The pop-up restaurant tent is another amenity not often found at a Farmers' Market.
For the inaugural weekend, the pop-up restaurant was filled by Terry Koval, the executive chef of The Wrecking Bar Brew Pub. He cooked up produce from vendors at the market, and served cheddarwurst sausage and grits made with meat from River View Farms.
The Freedom Farmers' Market at the Carter Center plans to be open every Saturday, March 1 through Dec. 20; from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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