TIFTON — The first 41 South Farmers Market, located at the old BJ’s Produce Market, located at 2502 Hwy 41 S., was called a success by organizer M. Jay Hall.

“Overall the vendor reports were good,” Hall said. “I was really pleased with the first opening. We started out small but we ended up with a big crowd.”

Hall said that one produce vendor sold out and had to go get more before the end of the market.

Hall said that he believes approximately 100 people come through and credits the good location and getting the word out about the market.

“We had at least one person who heard about it come over from Albany,” he said. “I want to thank the community, Tifton and Tift County for the support. We had a lot of community leaders who came out and supported us, so I want to thank them.”

Hall also thanked Georgia Grown and the Georgia Grown 41 Trail, which helped get the word out about the event.

“It went better than anticipated, it really picked up,” Hall said. He was pleased with the turn out and so were the vendors, who all wanted to open the market up again.

Hall said that they originally were only going to open the market once a month but due to the good turn out, the market is going to open up again on Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“The vendors had the option to set up inside, but I think they all wanted to make sure they were visible,” he said.

Eventually Hall wants to see food vendors and musicians at the market, and hopes to open up a permanent produce stall. He also anticipates being able to keep the market open year round, since they will have the BJ’s Produce building to use.

“The community is excited and we’re excited,” Hall said. “We’ll see everyone back here on the 24th”

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