Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market opens to huge crowd of 1,000-plus. Photo gallery and what’s ahead later this month.

Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market opens to huge crowd of 1,000-plus. Photo gallery and what’s ahead later this month.

Just after 8 a.m., the crowd begins to gather at the Farmers’ Market. (photo from Keith Mickler)
And just around 9 a.m., the crowd doubled. (photo from Keith Mickler)
The rain held off giving way to breezy morning making for great turnout. (photo from Rome DDA)
Musical entertainment for the market crowd. (photo from Rome DDA)
Steady crowd all morning until 11:30 at the new Farmers’ Market. (Facebook photo)

Some 1,000 people came out for the opening day of the Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market at Bridgepoint Plaza in Downtown Rome on Saturday. The rain held off for morning and the crowds took advantage of the nice weather.

“It was awesome,” says Elisabeth Lawson, founder and president of BTR Farmers’ Market and co-owner of Rise N’ Shine Farm with her husband Mitch.

“We had over 1,000 people that came and most of our vendors sold out really fast. Several of us had to go back to restock. We got so many comments about how people thought the market was just what Rome needed…so many enjoyed seeing neighbors and buying local food.”

The market also featured live cooking demos with produce and meat available for purchase, as well as a kids’ craft tent and live music.

“We just hope folks will keep coming out,” says Lawson. “We have so many other great things planned this season. We really appreciate Rome and hope everyone keeps coming.”

Next Saturday, May 11, the market will feature lots of special items for Mother’s Day including special plants and flowers, as well as lots of breads and strawberries. And then on May 18, will be a Strawberry Festival with vendors selling items featuring strawberries, plus live cooking demos featuring strawberry dishes.

The market will continue every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8-11:30 a.m. through October. So far, 13 producers — including vegetable, animal and dairy farmers, as well as garden farms, local bakers and a coffee producer — will be participating.

Those participating in the Between the Rivers Farmers’ Market include:

  • Bluem- Carol Rutledge, plant arrangements
  • Udderly Cool Cheese
  • Carlton Farm
  • Rise N Shine Farm
  • Tucker Farms
  • Lyons Bridge Beef
  • Sapelo Farms
  • Swift and Finch Coffee
  • A Place to Grow- Becky Robinson, orchid arrangements
  • 2 Bit Farm/Harvest Moon
  • Sunflour Community Bakery
  • Doug’s Deli Downtown
  • Riverview Farm

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