MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Mississippi growing season is well underway for farmers in our state. It's a multi-billion dollar industry employing thousands of people.
WDAM took a look at the numbers, and how the city of Petal is promoting Mississippi's heritage and inviting you along the way.
"Downtown Petal, for those of us that have been around for a long time, is the heart of Petal," Valerie Wilson said.
And the heart of this year's crop growing season. Mississippi agriculture makes up a 7.4 billion dollar industry employing more than 200 thousand people.
According to the Farm Families of Mississippi, this is 17 percent of the state's workforce.
From the farm to the table, Executive Director of the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce Valerie Wilson said the city stands behind local farmers by hosting a monthly farmer's market.
"We are trying to find reasons for people to come back to downtown Petal, to have events in Petal," Wilson said. "We just want everyone to know the more they support these events at the beginning, the more we can add to them and the more we can create bigger, larger more family friendly events.
From greens to carrots, farmers are showing off their locally grown crops. It's a fresh taste for all to enjoy.
"The farmer's market has a lot more than just produce," Wilson said. "We have lots of vendors selling crafts and homemade items. Different types of jellies, jams and horseradish. They are bringing animals out here for the kids to see and we have some sort of entertainment out here."
The Petal Farmer's Market is held on the third Saturday of each month from 9 in the morning until noon. Farmers are set up in downtown Petal across from the middle school.
Mark you calendar, the next market will start the morning of May 19th. There are still spots open for vendors.
To check it out and reserve your spot, click here.