Summer’s best flavors at market ‘til August 4

Published 1:17 am Thursday, July 19, 2018

Andalusia Farmer’s Market vendors say the summer produce season is coming to a close, but they look forward to a busy season for fall gardening.

Market manager Allison Vuyovich, said, “Produce has been winding down but it really has been a good season.

“We’ve had a lot of vendors and I’m excited for next year. We plan to open the market around April.”

Vuyovich said the market ends on August 4.

“This will most likely be my last trip,” Marion McCollough said. “At least for the farmer’s market. My watermelons and tomatoes are dwindling down. I have a fall garden that I’ll plant.”

Gary Thompson said his crops are just about done but his okra crops have lasted.

“We’re just about done here for the rest of my okra,” Thompson said.

For Donnell Johnson, his watermelons started late so he expects to get more before the end of the season.

“My watermelons are just now getting ripe,” he said.

“I figure I have about two or three more weeks of them.”

Ron Brooks, who sells Chilton County peaches as well as tomatoes, said he won’t be selling or growing in the fall.

“We will still have about three or four more weeks of these peaches I think. After that, I will just wait until next year,” he said.

Peggy Graham will continue to have produce for the next few weeks.

“I’ve got okra, peas and squash that will be up in the next two weeks. In the fall there will be mustard, collard greens and a couple of other things. We plant year round.”

In addition to the watermelons, peaches, okra and squash that will be available over the remaining days of the market, vendors are still offering plants, fresh flowers, canned goods and honey.

The market will be open from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday.