Farmers & Fishermen's Market Opens in Foley

Farmers & Fishermen's Market Opens in Foley

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FOLEY, Alabama - It's two o'clock in the afternoon and it's starting to get busy at the new Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen's Market in Foley. 

"This is a chance you get to get something locally grown and locally caught."

Manager Heather Pritchard says the focus is clear. "Just trying to support the businesses that are local in here that involve agriculture."

Farmers and vendors come from a 100 mile radius. There is sausages from Pensacola, fresh produce from Elberta and Roberstdale and seafood from Bayou La Batre and Bon Secour.

"It's a nice place," says Dennis Lane selling seafood. "I'm glad they've done something like this, give people an opportunity to come get some fresh stuff."

You can get just about anything you want at the farmer's market. There's arts and crafts and of course the produce and fresh meats but this is just the beginning. They've got 32 acres of property and there are already plans to expand. "In the expansion there is a butcher that wants to come in. There will be a arts and crafts furniture manufacturer that wants to come in and Moe's BBQ is looking to come in," says Foley mayor John Konair. "Then we're going to have a hydroponics operation to come in here and really have fresh vegetables year around."

The mayor says its still a work in progress. They are tweaking the hours and days the market is open but in the end the goal is all the same according to Pritchard. "We want to trade out your shopping at the grocery store for here kinda. That's where I eat from."

The market will re-open Saturday morning at 8 o'clock. You can find out more about the market at their website www.coastalalabamamarket.com

 

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