Thursday afternoon, people gathered to watch vendors set up displays of fresh summer vegetables grown in local and area farmers and gardens.
Tommy Walker bagged some of his produce as he talked of the sales he had made since becoming a part of the new market.
“I picked these beauties from my garden this morning,” he said as he arranged a variety of squash and other items on the back of his truck.
Frank Williams said he has moved about 160 pounds of tomatoes at the market and hopes shoppers will continue to check out what is available.
He said he only planted one acre for vegetables this year but plans to increase the garden area in 2011.
“I was recently involved in an accident and decided to become a vendor when they opened this market,” he said.
Kesha Vincent and her son Cole from Dallas, Georgia were set up at a table filled with vegetables grown by Marion Taylor.
She was busy helping serve customers interested in purchasing corn, tomatoes and okra.
Tomatoes were one of the more colorful vegetables on display and several shown by Donald Cochran weighed up to more than a pound.
“This one would take only one slice for a great sandwich,” he said.
Not only were vegetables available but also sweets – pies and cakes – and crafts that boasted a “Christmas in July” theme.
These were offered by Eloise Parker, Clara Jean David and Carol Upton of Cedartown. Carol said she made the Christmas items while Eloise and Clara Jean provided the sweets.
Not only the vendors but the public seems pleased with the variety of vegetables they are finding at the downtown market.
Sheila Stubblefield said it was her first time to visit the site but plans to return.
“All of my family enjoys fresh things from the farm,” she said.
Joyce Greene came from out of town with several friends who stopped by the see what was happening near the Silver Comet Trail. “It’s a great way to help not only the buyer but also the seller,” she said.
The new farmers’ market in Rockmart will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the same site.