By JT Farabow
For many of us, Saturdays can be just as busy as any other day of the week. Just ask Lee Gann, market manager for the High Point Farmers Market. Every Saturday from the beginning of May until the end of October, Lee is up at 7 am making sure everything is set and ready to go for the market that day. Saturday, the 2nd of May marks the start of another exciting season for Lee Gann and the High Point Farmers Market. Beginning the first Saturday in May and lasting until the last Saturday in October, the High Point Farmers Market is back for another year in the stalls next to the public library downtown.
Unlike your typical farmers market, the High Point Farmers Market operates downtown, bringing vendors and their locally grown produce closer to the city. The High Point Farmers market has numerous vendors with locally grown produce, however that is not their sole focus. With attractions such as their kid’s corner, health check-ups from High Point University students and staff, and numerous friendly contests, our farmers market has the ability to keep an appealing operation downtown. “We want kids to wake up on Saturday mornings and say, ‘Hey Mommy, are we going to the farmers market?” says Mr. Gann.
Programs such as “double your money” exemplifies how High Point Farmers Market works to suit the needs of High Point citizens. With this, low income families have the ability to spend double the amount of money they receive from government programs. High Point Farmers Market aims to bring life to downtown every Saturday morning by giving local vendors the chance to make money on the produce they grow and to give High Point natives the ability to purchase fresh, locally grown food close to home.
The market hopes to continue to grow by attracting both new vendors and more people to our downtown this time around. While attendance numbers often reached above 1,000 last season, it is Mr. Gann’s hopes that this number continues to grow. Be sure to make your way downtown Saturdays beginning this May to see what Lee Gann and the Downtown High Point Farmers Market has going on! Keep in the loop with the Downtown High Point Farmers Market by liking them on Facebook or following them on Instagram @highpointfarmersmarket.
UPDATE ON The MARKET COMING SOON!