CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. - As part of the Crystal Springs Tomato Festival to be held June 25 and 26, a Farmers' Market will be held downtown in Railroad Park (Saturday only), Festival officials said. At this time, organizers are looking for growers who will have produce ready to sell by late June.

“Any locally grown produce is acceptable,” a Festival official said. “In late June, this might include tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, summer squash, snap beans, southernpeas, butter beans, cabbage, sweet corn, cucumbers, okra, greens, watermelons, cantaloupes, herbs, shiitake mushrooms, etc.

“Fruit crops can also be sold. These might include blueberries, peaches, plums, blackberries, etc. Honey, preserves, potted plants, or cut flowers are also welcome in the Farmers' Market.”

You don't have to be a full time grower to participate in this Farmers' Market, according to the official. “If you have enough surplus from your garden and would like to sell it, you are welcome to join in. All of the vendors who sold produce in last year's Farmers' Market did very well and most sold out.

There are two requirements: 1) All produce for sale MUST be grown in Mississippi. Please do not bring fruits or vegetables from other states. 2) You must fill out and return the application to be allowed to sell your produce.

There is no fee for participants. Please fill out the application below and return it to Rick Snyder, professor & vegetable specialist, Truck Crops Experiment Station, P.O. Box 231, Crystal Springs, MS 39059, or fax it to (601) 892-2056.

Applications need to be returned by June 18.

Complete information on the Tomato Festival can be found on the Internet at http://www2.msstate.edu/~ricks/cstomato/tomfest.html.

Application to Participate in the Crystal Springs Farmers' Market Saturday, June 26, 2004

Name:

Address

Town:

Phone:

Email:

List Vegetables You Intend to Sell:

List Fruits You Intend to Sell:

Other (cut flowers, honey, preserves, etc):

Return this application to Dr. Rick Snyder, Professor & Vegetable Specialist, Truck Crops Experiment Station, P.O. Box 231, Crystal Springs, MS 39059, or fax it to 601-892-2056.

Note: Please return application by June 18, 2004.

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