GFMA Member Market Feature | International City Farmers Market
As part of our feature series on GFMA member markets, we wanted to introduce you to the International City Farmers Market. In this feature, market manager Jodi Daley gives us insight into why markets are so important and how GFMA is working to support them. Browse through the Q&A below to learn more from Jodi.
1. How long have you been a market manager? 7 years.
2. What's your connection to AG? My connection to agriculture is wanting to know who is growing my food and how my food is grown. I also want to support and promote our local growers
3. What makes your market unique? Our market has been rated by its citizens as one of the top 3 things to do in Warner Robins, Georgia. We are open year round from 1pm to 6pm every Thursday! We provide a wide variety of growers, food producers and artisans. You can have lunch at the market or order take out from vendors that cook on the spot using our growers/producers foods all while listening to amazing local local music! Land to Hand, Inc is our umbrella that manages two farmers markets in Houston County, GA with the mission of supporting all things local. We organize several food events throughout the year using local foods and promoting our local food producers.
4. Give me an idea of what a typical market day looks like. What vendors are there and what type of products can shoppers find? In 2015, we averaged 1,362 customers shopping with an average of 28 vendors per week, all year round. Vendors sell seasonal veggies and fruits; pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, and other proteins; organic cookies; gluten free baked goods; artisan breads; honey; pickles; sauces; jams and jellies; food producing plants and herbs; prepared foods from 4 "food truck" vendors; and lastly some amazing local arts and crafts! We take debit, credit and DOUBLE EBT benefits!
5. What's the one idea you try to convey to people who've never shopped at a farmer's market? We encourage people to get to know their farmers and how their food to grown or raised.
6. Why do you think local markets are important? Shopping locally keeps the money in our local economy; the foods are fresher and tastier!
7. How is GFMA assisting you and your market in connecting people to food? By providing ways and means to promote our markets; providing future training opportunities.
8. Is there anything I haven't asked that you'd like to mention? Lastly, we provide educational opportunities for the general public, businesses, groups, churches that want to learn about food related topics covering basic botany to traditional food preservation methods. Learn more about the International Farmers Market, here.