Local farmers market expands hours and opens to a thankful crowd
By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Karnera Gafford
Access to fresh, locally grown foods just got a little closer to home for residents in Northport as the Northport Farmers Market opened this month to an excited crowd.
The farmers market celebrates its status as the only one Tuscaloosa County run and operated by farmers.
On Saturday, farmers, bakers and other vendors were happy to see the community show up to support the market.
Tami Horden, who owns and operates Rolls Tuscaloosa, said people visiting the market are more than customers: they’re friends.
“I have met so many people here from the farmers market, besides the vendors,” Horden said. “Many people have become my friends outside of here.”
Vendors said there’s a whole lot more than produce available. On any Saturday, shoppers can find fruits and vegetables, jelly, honey, soap, candles, flowers and more.
“Having things like this local farmers market helps out with small businesses,” said Candle King owner Nicholas Johnson. “It keeps us up and running. It also allows us to connect with the community and get your product out there.”
Local farmer Joey Turner of JK Farms said selling at farmers markets is a family tradition.
“There’s a lot of pride in it. It’s in my blood,” Turner said. “It’s nice to see this tradition going.”
The Northport Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 6 a.m. to noon. It’s located at 4150 5th St. in Northport.
The market will be open on Wednesdays as well starting in May.