The Alexander City Farmers Market opens for the summer Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Broad Street Plaza in downtown Alexander City.
The event features local farmers in addition to tents with baked goods, jams and arts and crafts vendors, according to Main Street Alexander City executive director Stacey Jeffcoat. Live music and bounce houses will be available for families throughout the summer, she said.
“It’s one of the few free markets and we try really hard to keep it free for our farmers,” Jeffcoat said.
Alexander City Farmers Market manager Carly Herrmann said 18 to 24 vendors attended last year. She hopes the market grows more and people from out of town will attend.
“We think we can do a lot more events that draw more people downtown to the local businesses to go have lunch or to go purchase something that they may have bought previously out of town because we have a lot more to offer now,” Herrmann said.
A lot of young people don’t know how to plant seeds and Herrmann thinks the market is a great place to see where produce comes from.
“I love the camaraderie and atmosphere that goes on when we’re out there,” Herrmann said. “We all help each other and it’s very nice.”
The market has a voucher program for seniors and tables that accept them will be marked, according to Herrmann.
The weekly event is held from 7 to 11 a.m. every Saturday until Sept. 28.