Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Real Farmer's Market closes.

A regular fixture of Jackson is sadly no more.  Doris Berry closed down her  fresh produce stand at the Farmer's Market on West Street recently.  Jacksonians enjoyed her service for over 68 years.  Ms. Berry posted this message on Facebook:


Good morning fb friends. It is with a heavy heart that after 68 years I regretfully announce that I have closed the produce market at the old farmers market on Woodrow Wilson blvd. across from the stadium. I will truly miss the many friends that I have had the great pleasure of serving for so many years. Many of you are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation customers. I have literally watched you grow up, have children and grandchildren of your own. As you may have heard we have recently been plagued with some break-ins, robberies, and other unfortunate events at the market. Therefore my family has become increasingly concerned with my safety as well as my employees and customers. With that being said it is time to turn the page and move along. I am not retiring I'm just making a change. Although change is never easy, especially at 88 years of age, but I have opened a new produce market at 3615 1/2 Hwy 80 East in Pearl, Ms. My hope is that each one of you will visit me from time to time to say hello. Again I am so very grateful for your loyalty and friendship. Love to you all..... Doris Berry

Ms. Berry's daughter, Melinda, said the Farmer's Market location did not have a crime problem since UMMC security patrolled the area.  However, she said the crime problems began when UMMC security stopped covering the area.

The Farmer's Market does not keep banker's hours. It is open from 8 AM to 6 PM seven days a week.

Service with a smile

The new home on Hwy 80 by Hinds Community College

Kingfish note: Dear incoming administration: Talk about passing out government contracts all you want. However, it is private businesses such as this one which fund those contracts. Don't support and protect these businesses, you won't have to worry about having money to pay for contracts.

I am sorry to see this one close down and move on to better things. It was always open regardless of which day of the week it was. There was always a good selection of produce. It lacked the polished nature of the one that keeps banker's hours over on High Street but it had more character.


Anonymous said...

We were at her new location in Pearl on Saturday. It is wonderful and we will be regulars at her new place every week. Love that Doris Berry!

Anonymous said...

Wait. There was a farmers market in the middle of a food desert? Does that make it a double food desert?

Anonymous said...

Look for more of this to come unfortunately, especially once Lumumba ASSumes office next month.

Anonymous said...

Brenda Langham Smith County still going strong, and about to double her business.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry but, I can tell you it wasn't break-ins that caused this business to move.... business practices, competition, and staffing

Anonymous said...

You have a good point KF but unfortunately the trend for the past 15 or 20 years is that the incoming administrations or the outgoing administrations don't give a rats ass about those of us that fund government contracts, set-a- sides or bloated payrolls.

Anonymous said...

Break-in's for vegetables? That speaks highly of her food!!

Word Up said...

It's probably a good thing that the RSS-Judge Green Circus of behavioral rehabilitation didn't include culinary school or there would be shootings over fresh farm raised turnips and mustard greens. Hate to see her go, but sincerely hope she will do much better over here on the "Green Coast".

Anonymous said...

7:12, If they'll steal Hanes t-shirt picks from a dollar general, they'll steal from a farmers market.

Anonymous said...

I reckon next you'll tell me there won't be any more milk delivered in bottles to our door.

Anonymous said...

I hate to see the stand close because it was convenient to downtown Jackson, but I definitely will do my shopping at Donna's new place in Pearl. It's almost tomato season, folks! Time to make salsa and pickled jalapenos and okra, and fruit jellies and can them the old fashioned way. Yum!

Anonymous said...

You can thank good ole Lester Spell, when he was Ag Commissioner for the closing of most of the retailers at the Farmer's Market.

Bernie Sanders 2020 said...

Who needs a broken down old vegetable stand? You people are just a bunch of old fogey Trump voters who are tied to the past. All you oldsters need to get with the new millennium! I shop on the web and get all my stuff from Amazon, like Doritos, graphic t-shirts with Star Wars cartoons, Xbox games, Cheetos, my new knit cap that I'll be wearing this summer, gel for my man bun, comic books, Fritos, etc. I even read the Jackson Free Press online. I never have to leave my house.

Make that my mom's house.

Seriously, only Niknar hillbillies would go to a redneck vegetable stand instead of Whole Foods! This state is so backward! At least Lumumba will be our next mayor, so we'll see progress soon. I'm hoping he'll legalize weed in his first month.

Gotta go! I'm late for my World of Warcraft raid.


Anonymous said...

Reason 50-12 of why we cant have nice things. Cant have a farmers market because thugs.

Messick said...

What were some of the other incidents she referred to?

Anonymous said...

7AM Please explain what Lester Spell has to do with this. He's in my SS class.

Anonymous said...

I am distressed to learn that the farmers market on High Street that I have been going to for years now is apparently not real!

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget that Brenda Langham is still at the old (real) Farmers' Market on Woodrow Wilson behind the stadium. Was there Monday and she's going strong. Please support Brenda! She's the real thing.

Anonymous said...

There have been two carjacking at the old Farmer's Market location. You ask "how do you know"? My wife was down there and when she went to get back in the car, a thug came up behind her and knocked her do and stole the car! I know longer let her go down there without me. All I can say is that all the husbands and boyfriends out there - don't let your wife/girlfriend go down while you're at the office. I starting taking my gun with me when we did go there! Beware Jackson - that area is not safe!

Anonymous said...

"7:12, If they'll steal Hanes t-shirt picks from a dollar general, they'll steal from a farmers market."
June 2, 2017 at 5:09 AM

Yep! And while they'd NEVER actually BUY fresh fruit, that demographic will definitely tie up Interstate traffic for hours, stopping to scoop up spilled plums from an overturned 18-wheeler (as I discovered, having inched-forward, for HOURS, on the highway leading into the metro from Vicksburg - having assumed there was some horrible multi-vehicle pileup ahead. No, just a truck in a ditch, with a bunch of TYPICAL HINDS COUNTY types, desperate to steal the sort of produce they'd never actually BUY - their cars literally STOPPED ON THE INTERSTATE, participating in a mass 'Crime of Opportunity').

PittPanther said...

KF, we need your help on this one.

Doris is in her 80s, I wish nothing but the best for her, and thank her for so many years of running a successful business in Jackson.

My concern is all this talk about the market being unsafe, and presumably White people being afraid to go to the farmer's market. I don't understand, because the market is across the street from Millsaps, a parking lot away from UMMC, and a cluster of state office buildings and medical clinics. This is no ghetto area.

So are people being carjacked at the market? Robbed at gunpoint? What crimes have occurred at the market that would drive customers away?

I understand that the market could be burglarized at night, that's not what I'm referring to.

Anonymous said...

I'm white, female, have shopped there regularly over many years and dispute claims of carjackings there. While an isolated case or two may have happened there, like any other place in the 3 county area, it is reasonably safe. Proof of allegations, please.

Anonymous said...

There are some silly goons around here.

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