The annual Holiday Farmers’ Market opens for Columbus

COLUMBUS Miss. (WCBI) – The cold didn’t keep people away from the annual Holiday Famers’ Market on Saturday.

Vendors got up early to get their booths ready by 9 to display their unique items.

They say that this is just a way to show their talents and hobbies to the community.

Market manager Chelsea Best says the market had a large number of vendors this year.

“We are excited because we have over 75 vendors set up today to sell home baked goods, we have handmade crafts, we have
we have some fresh produce here so we have a little bit of everything for everyone. We have 50-mile sellers all together to sell today,” Best said.

Salespeople like Melissa Elam have been working at their craft from a young age.

Because of her love of baking, she opened a wholesale bakery in Hamilton that sells her sweets to stores in Columbus.

She says the time it takes to make them beats anything you can find at the supermarket.

“It took me a long time to make them. I make them from scratch. You have to turn up the yeast and all that. From start to finish for a large batch it can take me 10-12 hours to make. They are different because there are three different processes and a lot of TLC in them,” Elam said.

Other vendors like Donny Henry stumbled upon his trade during Covid.

His hobby led him to open his own business.

Henry says that events like these give him the opportunity to share his craft with the community.

“It’s important to me because I wanted to know if I was actually good enough to sell what I make by hand and see if it’s a thing. me

I have to keep doing it or if it’s something I have to throw away and say okay this is not for me. I think I did pretty well and I’m just hoping to sell,” Henry said.

Market coordinator Chelsea Best says the market is offering something new this year to help Lowndes County residents.

“There is something new that we have added. We have a donation box and a cash donation box. Those are for local organizations that reach out to people in Lowndes County. We hope people can donate cash or canned goods, unopened food, and toiletries. Those types of items help people in need in Lowndes County. After the market is over, we will take them to those organizations so they can help people who need them,” Best said.

The next market won’t be until the spring of next year.

If you are interested in becoming a seller or helping with the market, you can call (662) 328 -6305

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