The Mississippi Farmers Market is back in action Saturday to kick off the 2015 season at its High Street location after a holiday break, the Mississippi agriculture and commerce department announced.
The market will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Market manager Frank Malta said 51 vendors have signed up; 24 are farmers. Several new specialty processors - vendors who take farm products and make cakes, cookies, pies, jams, jellies and pickles - are coming on board, he said, as well as the market's first major cattle farmer, Remington-Lott Farms. "He plans to be there every week, selling steaks and chops and roasts and ground beef," Malta said, "like you get at a meat market." The Mississippi grass-fed cattle are fed out with grain the last three months, for marbling and flavor.
Market cattle vendors up to now have sold shares of animals.
Cold-weather crops such as Mississippi-grown radishes, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes and a variety of greens are expected. High tunnels and greenhouses mean a wider variety of crops earlier in the season. Milk, cheeses, yogurt, honey, eggs and more are also expected, as well as the specialty foods and hand-crafted items.
The market will resume a three-day-a-week schedule in spring.