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Gulfport wraps up this year's farmer's market with jubilee

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Gulfport's first ever Farmer's Market Jubilee brought crowds over to Jones Park. Hundreds came out to buy and browse locally made items and locally grown food. Organizers of the event said they plan on making it an annual event. 

The City of Gulfport teamed up with the South Mississippi farmer's market association to transform the Barksdale Pavilion into a one stop shop organic super market where dozens of vendors, made up of local farmers and businesses, sold their food and merchandise.

"We started a seasonal market here in Gulfport in Jones Park. And this is the end of our season. This is the end of our first season. So we're book ending it with a real food festival," said Real Food Gulf Coast treasurer Diane Claughton

"We've had about 30 vendors come out. It's beautiful weather. You know, great family fun," said Katie King with the City of Gulfport special events.  

Vendors also educated shoppers on the benefits of their product like Heavn's Best Organic Compost and Gardens. The vendor said organic compost lacks harmful pathogens and makes better tasting vegetables than manure. For sale at other tents were jams and jellies and wildflower honey made in D'Iberville.

"Everything's organic. They grow their own vegetables. We've got the honey guy out here that makes his own honey. We've got some peanut butter," King said.

Organizations brought information on planting and canning, as well as children's activities.

"There is food. There are stickers. There's candy. There's these things that you can fill up," attendee Shayla Walker said.

But what's a farmer's market without seasonal potted herbs. PJ Farm vendors from Saucier took care of that at their tent. They said they're the only USDA certified organic farm that sells certified organic herbs in Mississippi. Organizers said the event was an excellent way to showcase the autumn harvests and wrap up Gulfport's farmer's market for this year.

All proceeds benefit Real Food Gulf Coast, an organization that promotes and supports local food production in South Mississippi.

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