Last Thursday I was going home from the Alumni Association office and was almost in a traffic jam at the intersection of Lem Morrison Drive and Donahue Drive. Cars were parked along both sides of Lem Morrison, almost down to the entrance of the track and soccer complex.
Like I said, it was Thursday, and the date was June 7, so you know what it was that had everyone in a tizzy- The Market at Ag Heritage Park.
The Market, which first opened in 2005, is an outdoor farmers market held every Thursday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., until Aug. 23. The Auburn University College of Agriculture, in partnership with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, host the weekly event.
It offers locally produced fruits, vegetables, honey, ornamental plants, herbs, cut flowers, stone-ground grains, eggs, goat cheeses, goat milk soaps, baked and canned goods and Alabama-roasted coffee.
In addition to the for-sale home-grown goodness, The Market features the work of local artisans, educational booths and musical entertainment.
This week you can plan on checking the following items off your grocery list, if you give The Market a visit: watermelons, sweet corn, peaches, eggs, eggplant, zucchini and crookneck squash, herbs, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, jams, honey, baked and canned goods, goat cheese and soaps, granola, fresh and smoked meats and much more.
C’mon, let’s face it. Your mouth is watering now after skimming over that list, isn’t it? I mean nothing sounds better to me right now than a home-grown tomato sandwich. (Those always remind me of home and my great-grandmother’s garden.) And the last time I was out at The Market they even had homemade ice cream, which is absolutely perfect for a hot summer day on the Plains.
It’s open to the public, and everyone is welcome.
Not sure if vendors will have what you are looking for? You can check the market’s site each week for updates as to what’s expected at the vendors’ booths.
So grab your grocery list and start checking it off. It is also a rain or shine event, so grab an umbrella, too, if it looks like we may get one of those afternoon showers.