Shoppers flock to farmers market's opening day

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Market regulars Dennis and Kimberly Glore immediately noticed a difference from the market of the past.

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Dan and Tracy Garrett take their twin 10-month-old daughters, Allegra and Alexis, for a stroll around the revamped and renamed Augusta Market at the River, which opened Saturday.  Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Dan and Tracy Garrett take their twin 10-month-old daughters, Allegra and Alexis, for a stroll around the revamped and renamed Augusta Market at the River, which opened Saturday.

"It's actually better than last year," said Dennis Glore, of North Augusta. "There's a whole lot more produce, which is the only reason we come."

Under the management of Brooke Buxton, a vendor from New Life Food Stores, the Augusta Market at the River, formerly the Saturday Market on the River will have longer hours and a longer season.

Other activities, such as bike rides, health and nutrition seminars and entertainment, are planned.

At the season opener Saturday, vendors sold produce, flowers, purses, jewelry and other homemade pieces.

Shoppers could also grab a bite, choosing from Middle Eastern, cajun and other cuisines, in addition to sipping the homemade lemonade that keeps the Glores coming back.

"There seems to be a lot more excitement down at the market," said Paulette Black, a longtime vendor for Paulette's Best Food, in Waynesboro, Ga. "Everybody's excited -- the vendors, the patrons. And the city even seems to be more excited."

Black also noticed the turnout was much larger than usual.

Jeanne McGee was there as a vendor, but she wasn't selling food or homemade items. As president of Greyhound Friends of Augusta, she was selling greyhounds.

Children and adults flocked to the pets up for adoption.

"We love coming to the market like this because people who wouldn't normally see a greyhound can see them up close and see what great pets they are," she said.

Denny Trousdale, whose sister lives in Augusta, traveled from Bryson City, N.C., to sell his custom-made deck and patio coolers.

"The setting is wonderful," Trousdale said. "I've been to a couple of other settings, and this is probably one of the nicest."

Trousdale said even though the trip is long, he hopes to come back at least once a month.

If you go

What: Augusta Market at the River

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 30

WHERE: Eighth Street Plaza off Reynolds Street

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.theaugustamarket.com

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Trey Enfantay
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Trey Enfantay 04/18/10 - 02:36 am
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Were there fresh green

Were there fresh green peanuts available?

deekster
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deekster 04/18/10 - 06:29 am
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Sounds like the "Jockey Lot".

Sounds like the "Jockey Lot". Only smaller and 100 miles closer. How about September for those peanuts? And Florida or S. America for the rest of the produce. The ground has not warmed to summer yet.

deekster
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deekster 04/18/10 - 06:33 am
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Ah, home grown fresh

Ah, home grown fresh vegetable at "April in Augusta". Another of the many "fantasy rides at the year round circus". Last week we had the "almost extinct gentleman's game of golf". We had the parade of clowns (politicians) on Wednesday. Father's Day will see the Parade of Queens.

Trey Enfantay
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Trey Enfantay 04/18/10 - 06:38 am
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I realize the Georgia crop of

I realize the Georgia crop of peanuts is far from ready....I really don't care where they come from at this time of year. I'll get picky later on ....

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