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Waycross Learns About Local Fare Market

Connie Oliver, Way-Green Volunteer Market Manager from the Okefenokee Heritage Center explained to the Exchange Club of Waycross about a local economy project of their OHC Homestead Guild. The Market began as a way to become aware of buying and eating locally grown foods. To keep things relatively local, vendors are from a 100 mile radius of Ware County only. A long variety of local food products include: honey, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, olive oil products, artesian oils, jams and jellies, crepes, cheeses and macaroons. Also, arts and crafts projects including jewelry, books, paintings, photographs, bird houses, furniture and gardening plants. The market began with 17 vendors and an average of 300 attendees and has grown to 30 vendors and 650 average attendance. AgSouth is a sponsor of the Market as a gathering place where neighbors meet and visit in a safe and inviting space, just like old town squares. Plus the market has a positive economic impact. They sponsored a Farm to Market dinner, Farm to School, and built a raised bed for patients to grow their own food and held community workshops with agricultural professionals.

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