With the return of spring comes the Farmers Market as it kicks off today. For the 15th year, citizens will have an opportunity to purchase various fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods.
"We're super excited," said Monicah Brumfield, director of the Farmers Market. "It's looking great, we should have anywhere from 30 to 40 vendors on our first day. We're going to have Cary Hudson performing for us. We're just super excited to be back."
The market will be open on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"We're excited to have our snap program at the market again This year," Brumfield said. "It's super easy to do you, just bring your card and we will have a table set up towards the end of the vendors row."
According to a news release, shoppers will be able to partake in "Fre$h Savings" this year. The program allows people who are on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program purchase eligible items including bread, meat, eggs, honey, etc. Those with SNAP benefits will also be able to get an equal amount of "Fre$h Savings" tokens for fruits and vegetables.
"We love the farmers market here in downtown Hattiesburg," Brumfield said. "It's such a fun time of year, the weather is beautiful, people are excited to get outside, everybody just picks up their kids and comes after school.
The market will be open March through October.
"Maybe take a little break from work, the vendors are there, ready to just communicate and talk with everyone about what they are going to have available this year," Brumfield said. "There's going to be art vendors, there's going to be hot food, snacks. All kinds of things for the whole family.
They will also host yoga in the park on the first Thursday of each month starting at 4:30 p.m
"It's all about seeing what's available and keeping your money local and just making sure that you eat healthy by choosing local fruits and vegetables," Brumfield said. "We usually have all kinds of things, bread, snacks, dairy, and you will be able to find a little bit of everything at the farmers market."