Sunday, May 4, 2014

The real Farmer's Market still going strong

The real Farmer's Market is still open. Not run by the government. (Really, only a gummint bureaucrat would think setting farmer's market hours when people are on their way to work instead of leaving work in the afternoon is a good idea). 7 days a week. Open all day. They are still out there on West Street by the Stadium:


Anonymous said...

My wife and I go there to buy our vegetables - they have Mississippi grown Bassfield tomatoes which are great. The so called "Farmer's Market" on High Street is a joke - leave it to Lester Spell and Hyde-Smith! Go down to the true Farmer's Market and see Doris Berry - she's still going!

Kingfish said...

No kidding. Listening to those Ag employees promote their so called Farmer's Market makes one laugh. Nice thing about this one: IT IS OPEN EVERY TIME I GO BY!!!

The state-owned market? Its open every third Thursday for two hours but only if your mother in law is in town to visit. However, it does have 60 second sales sponsored by the Barnacle Brothers but you have to be there when that happens. In other words, every time I drive by, its closed and I drive by there quite a bit.

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed! I was there yesterday... 1 1/2 pounds of lady peas, a bag of shucked sweet corn, 3 tomatoes and a large bag of green peanuts to boil. Real people run the thing too....

Anonymous said...

What about the café closing? I heard that Hyde-Smith was giving the contract to run it to her buddy Democratic Councilwoman Margret Barrett-Simon. They both have double last names!

Pea Vine said...

The problem with the down-scaled 'old one' is the lack of competition and such a limited number of vendors. Nobody EVER has decent tomatoes. It ought to be against the law to advertise 'HOME GROWN' and 'VINE RIPENED' when they're simply hot house maters from Georgia or Alabama.

But, as long as the High Street place is run like it currently is run, maybe they could post a flashing sign out on the street (like the donut sign) to signal when they're open.

Anonymous said...

I love the original farmers market! Shop their every year. pink eye purple hulls will be here soon. When I get ready to go food shopping, I pull all the produce off the list and get it there. (9:40, I've never had any problems with the tomatos, they've always been goooooood. You can pick one up and smell it) Just love those guys!

Thought I had put up enough peas, okra, etc. last year but we ran out in December. haha

Stanton said...

Do you guys really have such a hard time figuring out when the farmer's market is open? It's been open every Saturday I've ever tried to go.

Anonymous said...

Please share your business with Brenda Langham and her team in the first stand . They are the hardest working folks I've ever seen who travel from Simpson County everyday. You may recall that Brenda was married to Billy Langham when , as a Ms. Highway Patrolman, he was killed in Simpson County in the early eighties on New Year's Eve.

Anonymous said...

Not sure why you are so anti the Mississippi Farmers Market, Kingfish.

These growers are Mississippi farmers who want to sell their vegetables and fruits in a safe, pleasant environment. Also available are some wonderfully delicious home baked goods, salsas,home-canned goods, and a lot more.

The Mississippi Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 until 2 - even if your mother-in-law is not in town:) As the growing season progresses, the market is open on Thursdays and Tuesdays. Farmers, no matter how large or small their gardens might be, have to work their fields in order to have produce to take to a market.

I realize that because of your obvious dislike for the Mississippi Farmers Market, this comment may not make it through; but one would hope that you will allow your readers (and I am a regular reader of JJ) to see this post.

Support Mississippi farmers.

Pea Vine Again said...

9:20; While I appreciate your fervor (and clarification of hours) it remains a shopper's nightmare trying to figure out which days the place is open and on what hours.

As frustrating as it is to show up at various retail businesses only to see a ten a.m. opening time posted on the window, it's even more maddening to find out the place isn't open at all....TODAY. What happened to the days when such things were customer-driven?

Kingfish said...

Tomatoes I've purchased there have always been fine. Nice and ripe.

As for the hours, the guy who said they should post a Krispy Kreme type flashing red sign when open had it right. You can blab all you want about its open on Saturday and then on two days a week until two but you are totally missing the point.

Its open when it is convenient for the gummint workers, not the public. Want to buy some fresh produce today? Go to the real Farmer's Market any time of day today and they are open, with great produce to sell. Go to Farmer's Market? Um, they are probably not going to be open. Wasted trip.

Of course, that is the nature of government v. free enterprise. One adapts to your needs, the other expects you to adapt to its needs.

Anonymous said...

The original Farmer's Market . . .Jackson's real Whole Foods store.

Anonymous said...

The best tomatoes in the state can be found under the oak tree at a certain intersection in Madison County, being sold by an old gentleman who is usally gnawing on a pork chop bone and sliding out of his pickup truck to greet you with a big smile. I started to say where he's usually parked and when but ain't going to.

Anonymous said...

I miss the guy in the pickup on Rte. 463 in Madison who used to drive up from the coast every Thursday with buckets of shrimp caught that morning. I suspect either the Health Dept. of the City of Madison frowned on his buckets of ice as his sole means of refrigeration, but the shrimp tasted fantastc.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 5:03 p.m. - Most people who work downtown Jackson and live in Madison, Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, etc. are NOT going to drive back downtown on Saturday. Like Kingfish, I can never figure out when the High Street market is open. My hat is off to the people at the original market on Woodrow Wilson.

Vine Ripened Ain't Here said...

Kingfish eats breakfast at Primos, so you think he knows a damned thing about what a *good* tomatoe is?

Anonymous said...

I commute to Jackson for work, rarely return to Jackson on weekends, but can typically make time to shop the MS Farmers Market on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Hasn't been a problem.

Because there have been several comments about the MS Farmers Market hours of operation, I did quick search on farmers markets in Louisiana & Alabama. Interestingly, from what I read, most are only open one day a week--primarily on Saturday--and have limited hours.

2 out of 16 in the New Orleans area are open every day. Main markets in B'ham and T'loosa: Saturday, 7-noon.

Not sure who runs these markets, but extremely doubtful they are all run by a state agency and are only open "when it's convenient for the gummit workers". Saturdays at that!

How about this reason...real farmers markets are open around the availability of true locally grown produce. Also, customers can usually talk with the real growers at real farmers markets. Most days farmers are in their fields working to ensure they have produce to sell.

BTW, beginning June 5 the Mississippi Farmers Market will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays, 8am-2pm. Yeah!

Don't know when they will be ripe, but I am SO READY for some REAL tomatoes!

Anonymous said...

For the best locally grown tomatoes, visit Mr. Britain on Sunnybrook Road in Ridgeland. He has other produce as well, including Smith County watermelons that a friend of his brings up to Ridgeland.

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