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3rd Annual Gulfport Harbor Farmers Market returns to Jones Park

Gulfport officials say the turnout for the grand opening of the Gulfport Harbor Farmers Market was huge. (Photo source: WLOX News) Gulfport officials say the turnout for the grand opening of the Gulfport Harbor Farmers Market was huge. (Photo source: WLOX News)
This produce is just a few of the many food items you'll find at the Gulfport Harbor's Farmers Market. (Photo source: WLOX News) This produce is just a few of the many food items you'll find at the Gulfport Harbor's Farmers Market. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The third annual Gulfport Harbors Farmers Market kicked off Wednesday morning at Jones Park. It's where you'll find the freshest fruits, veggies and plenty of other homemade goods. It may only be the third year of the Harbor Market, but you can't tell by the crowd of people eagerly getting their hands on their favorite fresh fruits and vegetables.

"I love fried tomatoes, fried green tomatoes. So I bought two big green tomatoes for me and my husband. And I got some pink-eyes peas. I'd never heard of them, so I wanted to try them," Orange Grove resident Ann Smith said.

"I like it because they're fresh. They don't have any chemicals like in the store. They have chemicals," Char Gavin of Gulfport said.

"I don't do any cooking, but I bring everything to my sister's. So that's what I'm doing, taking these over to my sister's and she's going to cook them," Sylvester Sims of Gulfport said.

The market is a joint collaboration between the City of Gulfport and the South Mississippi Farmers Market Association. The nearly two dozen vendors set up were not your ordinary vendors. They're producers, meaning they put in a lot of work to grow, raise and make their items to satisfy their customers.

"You are what you eat and when you eat something that's fresh off the farm, you're getting something at the highest possible moment of it having more vitamins and nutrients," Saucier producer Pat Scrimsher of PJ Farm said.

"It's good exercise working in the garden. You know it gives me something to do. I enjoy talking to the people and I enjoy people telling me my vegetables are beautiful," Saucier producer Dianne House said.

Opening day sales looked just as good as the fresh produce on display. And with all of the added attractions to the city for tourists, Gulfport's Director of Economic Development David Parker said the fresh market helps shine a brighter light on the city of Gulfport

"It's not just revenue that comes into the city, but it's awareness. Awareness of all the qualities of life that Gulfport has to offer," Parker said.

The harbor market is scheduled to be open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Jones Park through the month of October.

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