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Summer a great time for farmers market finds

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There’s nothing quite like the taste of fruit and vegetables straight from the garden. The authentic pop of flavor of a freshly picked tomato or pepper or cob of corn or _____ (you fill in the blank) just can’t be matched by a similar item purchased at the local grocery store.

If you don’t have a backyard garden or aren’t a member of a community garden, fresh fruits and vegetables are available at the following markets, where vendors offer locally grown produce, as well as other traditional and specialty items.

The Mulberry Market, where vendors offer produce, dairy, meat, desserts and more, is a popular market for Macon residents. Formerly located downtown near the Grand Opera House, this year-round market is now open in Tattnall Square Park on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Call 478-254-5216.

Take a stroll while enjoying food and music at Wesleyan Market, which features organic produce, dairy, baked goods, preserves, flowers, and art and jewelry by local artisans. Located on the front campus of Wesleyan College, the market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month. Call 478-757-5233.

The Macon State Farmers Market on Eisenhower Parkway has year-round and seasonal vendors, so you can always purchase items there. It features a butcher shop and has a conference room with a kitchen available for rent. The outdoor facilities also are available for special events upon arrangement with the management. The market is open daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 478-752-1097.

Bolingbroke Farmer’s Market, located in the parking lot of Country Oaks Farm & Pet Supply on U.S. 41, features produce, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised pork, free-range chicken, dairy, honey, baked goods and edible small container gardens. The market is now open every Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Call 404-285-1199.

The International City Farmers’ Market, on Watson Boulevard by Perkins Field in Warner Robins, offers a large variety of organic produce, meat, baked goods, honey and specialty items by local artisans. This year-round market is open every Thursday from 1-6:30 p.m. Call 478-225-7626.

For a few more markets I didn’t mention here, see the listing on page 12C.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.