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June 10, 2014

Farmers market celebrates local harvest season

Live Oak —

The annual farmers market at John H. Hale Park, 215 NE Duval St., Live Oak, is celebrating local harvest season and summer vacation for the kids with special activities from 12 to 6 p.m. this Friday, June 13. 

This week, blueberries are the main attraction as the start of the blueberry season is upon us.  Hurst Family Farm of Live Oak will be joining the market for the first time this week with their blueberries and other fresh produce. The market will still feature peaches, blackberries and lots of great vegetables grown locally here in the greater Suwannee Valley.

Joining the market vendors will be staff from the UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension Service serving up blueberry smoothies for tasting with a recipe to take home. The Suwannee County WIC Clinic will be onsite with great nutrition information and Suwannee County Parks & Recreation will be onsite to share information about their summer camp program.

Special musical guests The Air-Tight Duo, featuring Ben Champion and Matt Johns, will be playing a nice mix of jazz and pop tunes. Ben is a nationally known saxophone player and longtime friend of Dizzy Gillespie, who mentored Ben in his formative years. Matt Johns is a local legend who’s toured with folks like the Glenn Miller Orchestra. 

The market features locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and other farm products, locally prepared foods and regional specialties. The market operates on a “make it, bake it, or grow it” philosophy with priority to locally sourced products. 

Interested local farmers and food entrepreneurs can obtain market rules at Live Oak City Hall, UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension Service (next to Coliseum,) the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce, or at the market on Fridays. The market serves the greater Suwannee Valley and some farmers accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons.  Credit, debit and SNAP access are planned for the future. 

For more information, please contact Sharon Yeago at 386-418-8017. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/liveoakCRA.  

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