The Poplar Head Farmers Market opens for its 10th summer season in downtown Dothan on Saturday.
Vendors this year will be selling everything from fruits and vegetables to mini cakes, herbs and boiled peanuts. The farmers market, located in the parking lot of the Dothan Civic Center, will be open rain or shine from 8 a.m. until noon each Saturday in June and July.
Donna Balzaratti, the market manager, said volunteers will be grilling vegetables on Saturday for visitors and there may be other food events during the summer, she said. For example, tomato sandwiches will be served to attendees at the July 6 market.
“It’s been getting bigger every year – just getting bigger every year,” Balzaratti said.
The farmers market is registered with the USDA so senior adults can use their vouchers to make purchases at the market. Those vouchers, Balzaratti said, are available through the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging, or SARCOA.
Vendors include fruit and vegetable growers like Aplin Farms, Avalon Farms, Bell Farms, Dozier Farms, 4-R Farms, Mills Produce and Premier Blueberry Farms.
Other vendors include The Nut Hut selling mini cakes and pies, cookies, shelled pecans and cheese wafers; Tropical Blast with Italian ice cream, lemonade, tea, smoothies and milkshakes; Mount Moriah Farms with goat milk soap, sugar scrubs, lotions, lip balm, deodorant and candles; Common Ground with hanging baskets, candles and barbecue sauce; and Throckmorton’s Table with homestyle gourmet jams, jellies, relishes, pickles and preserves. There will also be vendors selling honey, pottery, boiled peanuts, peaches and Tupperware products.
This year’s market even includes a vendor selling eggs and frozen chickens.
“We’re looking forward to a big year this year,” Balzaratti said.