Warner Robins, Perry hold winter markets

chwright@macon.comNovember 21, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- Fresh local food is now available through the winter, with Houston County’s two farmers markets extending their winter seasons.

The Warner Robins market will remain open year-round for the first time, and Perry’s market will have three holiday markets.

“Our venders wanted to be open,” said Jodi Daley, Warner Robins market manager.

Typically, the markets close during the colder months. Last year, Perry had one holiday market. This year, there will be three: Wednesday; Dec. 8; and Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is located at 1106 Meeting St., behind CVS Pharmacy on Washington Street.

The vendors “found it to be successful last year, so they wanted to do more this year,” said Mary Beth Chew, economic development coordinator in Perry.

Chew added the market will most likely extend to be year-round.

Daley said the Warner Robins market is currently undertaking that challenge. The market is open every Thursday from 1 p.m. until dusk. It is located in front of Jimmy Perkins Memorial Field on Watson Boulevard.

The market will be closed this Thursday for Thanksgiving. The market will also close the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day. It will reopen Jan. 3.

Daley said the growers at the Warner Robins market have begun to grow through the winter months because interest in their products has grown.

“The growers in Middle Georgia didn’t grow in the winter,” she said. Now “there are more folks who want to buy healthy food.”

The Warner Robins market sells produce and pasture-raised pork, beef, chicken and lamb.

Perry’s winter markets will include turnips, collards and baked goods.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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