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Third Annual Farmers' Market Enjoys a Beautiful Opening Day

It was smiles all around at Lilburn Farmers' Market.

From patrons, to organizers to vendors who sold out early, the opening day of Lilburn's Farmers' Market was deemed a success.

Though the weather made organizers nervous at around 2 p.m. during set up, the rain and clouds gave way to moderate temperatures under sunny skies by the 4 p.m. opening. Assistant Market Manager Andrea Brannen said they were all soaked at 2 p.m. But volunteers recalled the first year that brought a "frog strangling" rain for the 17 initial vendors and were all smiles at providential weather for Friday's opening.

At this time, there are around 40 vendors committed each week throughout the summer. This first week, many of them sold out after an early rush. Farmer John, who brought tomatoes this week, says that next week he'll have a bigger crop as well as some Silver Queen corn.

At 6 p.m., volunteers had counted 650 visitors to the market; predictions of around 1,000 by 8 p.m. seemed more than possible.

Next week, plan on joining those who know where to find the best and freshest fruit and vegetables and all the good things that a successful harvest will yield. The market is each Friday evening - rain or shine - through August.

Jackie Thornberry June 02, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I love the Lilburn Farmer's Market. I always pick up lots of fresh vegetables and fruit as well as goodies that taste as good as they look. The best part of the market is seeing friends from the community - it is a great place to gather on a Friday evening in the summer.
Diannah June 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Enjoyed the music and all the vendors, looking forward to attending each week
Gail Lane June 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Agreed! I totally enjoyed the market, the people, the food ... It was all good!
Mandy McManus June 03, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I really appreciate the coverage from the Patch for the Lilburn Farmers Market. We had a great opening night and will look forward to more articles from the Patch about our special event nights and non profit organizations. Tell all your friends...the Lilburn Farmers Market is a Tasty Way to Start your Weekend!
Gail Lane June 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Mandy, you and Andrea and all your volunteers have done a tremendous job growing the market! It is definitely "the" place to be on Fridays!

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