John Neighbors unloads the last of his satsuma crop at the final MainStreet Farmers’ Market of the season. | Alison James

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Last farmer’s market a success

Published 12:11pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A chill in the air Saturday morning wasn’t enough to stop people from coming out to buy the last of the fresh produce available through the MainStreet Farmer’s Market.

Growers were on hand to sell sweet potatoes, boiled peanuts, tomatoes, bell peppers and citrus. Baked goods, honey and syrup were also in high demand.

“You get fresh (food), and it’s nutritious – you know you’re getting healthy food,” said John Neighbors, who attended the “Thanksgiving Market” to unload the last of his satsumas and lemons. “You’re getting food that has not been sprayed with dangerous chemicals.”

Virginia Futral said she had regular customers all season.

“A lot of them are back in today – coming to see what’s left,” Futral said.

Futral’s table featured syrup, peppers, green tomatoes and honey.

“We have a lot of people that tell us that our honey has the best taste of any honey they’ve eaten,” Futral said. “You’re not getting pure honey when you go to Walmart. This honey has not been heated – that’s why it’s raw honey, and that’s what people like about it. When you heat honey, it changes the taste of it. And you want it as local to you as you can get, because that helps with your allergies or whatever you’re wanting it for.”

The market typically runs June through October. Marvin Osborne said turnout this year was “up and down because of the economy.”

“I could cut 40 percent off a customer’s groceries,” said Osborne, who had a variety of produce, including pumpkins, peppers and oranges.  “When you go to the grocery store and buy an orange, they have to mark whatever they pay for the oranges up three times.”

Osborne said he hopes people will realize the value of buying local produce – both for their nutrition and their pocketbooks.

“There’s a lot of stuff that can be grown around here,” Osborne said. “One thing I realize out here is how little people know about the food they eat.”

Richard Wagoner,  executive director of MainStreet, called the market a success.

“We had a good day – it started out very very busy,” Wagoner said. “All the growers seemed satisfied.”

Wagoner said the market will open again the second Saturday in June.

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