By Gerri Miller
The Prattville Farmers Market is tentatively scheduled to open on June 6 and officials are busy figuring out how to meet the necessary social distancing requirements needed to operate the market.
Barbara Simpson, manager of cultural arts and special events for the city, said her department is studying a few other markets in the state that offer curbside pickup to maintain the six-foot distancing requirements. She said the city, however, has not made a final decision on how the market will operate or when it will open.
She said most of last year’s vendors will be selling locally grown produce at this year’s market. Last year there were 20 vendors at the Market’s peak selling everything from goats’ milk lotion to fresh eggs, peas and beans, tomatoes, peaches. Strawberries, honey and baked goods.
“All of our produce is grown within 20 miles of Autauga County,” Simpson said.
There was also live music at every event to make a better shopping experience. Bama Country Radio is currently scheduled to open the market with a live remote.
The Farmers Market will be located at 322 Doster Road across from the Gillespie Senior Center and Pratt Park near Stanley Jensen Stadium. It will be open every Saturday from 7 am until Noon during the months of June, July, and August. Last year, there was also a Fall Farmers Market in October.
For more information about the market or a vendor’s application, call (334) 595-0850 or email Simpson at email@example.com.
You can also follow the Market on the organization’s Facebook page at Prattville Farmers Market
A growers’ permit must be completed before selling at the market. Permits are available at no charge from the County Extension Office. This allows the producer and the customer to be exempt from state and local taxes for goods sold.
Farmers may reserve a vendor space for a fee of $10 per day per season