Clayton County Extension and the City of Jonesboro co-sponsor the Jonesboro Farmers Market in the Lee Street Park. The Market, which started in the Extension office parking lot, is now in its 9th year. This year, the Farmers Market has a new home in the beautiful Lee Street Park. Join local farmers and food artisans on Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – noon.
Growers have heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow squash, red potatoes, sweet onions, green beans and green tomatoes. Food artisans offer fruit preserves, zucchini bread made with fresh zucchini, cakes, fried pies and vegan sweets. Local honey is available too. Join us early: sweet onions, heirloom tomatoes, and other favorites disappear quickly.
At the Farmers Market, full-time growers; small, beginning farmers; and backyard gardeners with surplus produce all have the opportunity to sell directly to consumers in a friendly, relaxed environment. Selling at the market provides an additional income stream for both farmers and value-added producers.
The Clayton County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers provide a plant clinic each market day. Market visitors ask questions about their own vegetable gardens and share which vegetables they planted this year. Master gardeners guide home gardeners with improving their vegetable garden yields. Knowledge sharing, bragging a bit about heirloom tomatoes successfully grown and harvested, and gathering tips for vegetables struggling with pathogens are all part of the discussions.