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Hernando brings back farmers market to promote downtown

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Hernando, Mississippi, a quiet town with a slow pace, recently brought back an event city officials hope will bring back some energy to their pride and joy.

Wednesday, city officials said the town was bringing back its Farmers market, a very popular event from years past.

"It is an outlet for local growers, farmers and crafts people to display and sell their wares," Brian Goff of the Hernando Chamber of Commerce said.

Conceived by a four-person planning committee and sponsored by the Hernando Chamber of Commerce, the idea was to help promote the downtown area, and importantly re-focus attention to the town's historic square.

"Hernando is a very unique community, and the town square is what makes it unique, so we wanted to think of some things to get people back downtown. The farmers market is a great way to do that," promotions chairperson Mandy Jones said.

The first event, which took place Saturday drew four vendors. Since then, the chamber has received several calls, and they are now looking to at least double that number.

Jan Sellers, who was one of those vendors, said she sold out of products in just over two hours.

"It's a lot of fun," she said.  "You stroll along the sidewalk, you get to talk and meet people and the town is awesome."

Jamie Smith and her husband own the Square Cupboard on the square, and are excited about the possibilities.

"My husband and I chose to come here and we believe in this town," Smith said. "We want to see it thrive and we're excited about the Farmers Market."

The Farmers Market will continue each Saturday through October 25th.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should call the Hernando Chamber of Commerce at 662-429-9055.

The application fee is $5.00

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