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Richmond Hill Farmers Market to hold grand opening
Richmond Hill Farmers Market

Richmond Hill will hold a grand opening Tuesday at J.F. Gregory Park for the Farmers Market, which is now run by the city.

The event is from 2-7 p.m. and will include free balloons for kids, reusable shopping bags for customers and activities such as corn hole and a bounce house, a city news release says.

The market will be open from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays through mid-October and offer local produce and crafts. Vendors Hardwicke Farms, Sage Wishes, FraLi Gourmet, Savannah River Farms, Woodland Swamp Farms, Sikes Honey, Foods of the Farm and Farm Fresh Produce will be at the market for the entire season, the city says.

Handicapped parking is available.

The market opened for business in 2011 and has drawn large crowds. It held a “soft” opening this past Tuesday under new market director Harvey Lashley, who also is the city’s park and tree director, with help from Joy Lee, who works for city administration. Lashley takes over for Angus McCleod, who ran the market from 2011-14.

Lee said that something else new, besides the management, is the addition of seating in the pavilion.

“We hope to encourage people to come and stay awhile, rather than ‘grab and go,’” Lee said in an email to the News. “We hope they will browse the vendor booths and spend some pleasant time in the park with family and friends.”

For more information or to obtain a vendor application, click here or call Lee at 756-6496.

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