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Ideal Opening

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Patrons of all ages came out Saturday to the 2015 opening of the Millington Farmers Market including 4-month-old Ruby Hagerty.

Patrons of all ages came out Saturday to the 2015 opening of the Millington Farmers Market including 4-month-old Ruby Hagerty.

Farmers Market 2 Farmers Market 3 Farmers Market 4Under crystal blue skies and ideal temperatures, the 2015 opening of the Millington Farmers Market took place Saturday morning.
Now a tradition, Millington and the surrounding area know the first Saturday in May marks the beginning of the vending season at 5152 Easley Street. The brainchild of the Old Town Millington Steering Committee, the Millington Farmers Market had a infamous start in 2010.
It was five years ago on May 1 a heavy downpour led to floods throughout West Tennessee with Millington being on of the hardest hit. The communities of Waverly, Shady Oaks and Indian Meadows were hit with significant damage.
“I had three family members living in the Indian Meadows area who all got flooded,” City of Millington employee Jeremy Rochell recalled. “We had to rescue them and rebuild their houses. It was deju va from the Christmas of ‘87. We were there then. Just gutting the house and re-doing all that was a nightmare.”
That nightmare led to the delay of the Market opening in 2010. But since 2011 the Millington Farmers Market has become a fixture in downtown from May to the last Saturday in October.
This past Saturday marked the fifth opening of the Market with vendors, games, music and the Millington Police Department’s K-9 unit on hand.
“It’s still kind of early for the vegetable to be in,” Rochell noted. “But they’re starting to come in a little bit. We hope as the summer grows along, we’ll get more and more vendors. We had some music out here today, games for the kids, good steady crowd. So it’s been great.”
The city of Millington has high expectations for the Market this year after a successful 2014.
“Last year was probably our best year,” Rochell said. “We had more full-season vendors. We pretty much sold out of our vendor spots. This year, we’re starting to get filled up as well. Please come on out, the more space we occupy, the more vegetables we’ll have. So come on out and get a booth.”
Rochell encouraged residents throughout the area to stop by on a Saturday over the next few months. The Millington Farmers Market is opened from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be special features like music on the first Saturday of the month, City Beautiful Commission garden seminar on second Saturdays and state representatives with demonstrations throughout the season.
Rochell and the city hopes patrons will flood the market over the next few months after an ideal start for 2015.
“We could not have asked for any better weather,” he said. “I even had to have a little jacket this morning because it was a little chilly.
“Just support our local vendors, these guys work hard to grow fresh vegetables for us,” he concluded. “They last a lot longer than what you get at the grocery. It’s just a lot better product. Lots of arts and crafts, it’s all homemade. None of it is bought, which is one of our stipulations. Lot of baked goods, jams and jelly are on hand.”
For more information and updates on the Market, visit www.cityofmillington.org

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