Coming across a great farmer's market in the U.S. Southeast may not be cause in itself for a blog entry. I mean, there are so many farm stands and fresh produce markets that start to pop up in the springtime, that it's hard to single out one that is notable in one way or another. And yet, there is one that I think bears a special mention. If you're lucky enough to live in northern Mississippi, you most likely already know the place because the Hernando Farmer's Market has been voted the best in Mississippi, and was ranked number 5 nationally! That really says a lot for a small town like Hernando, competing against markets in big cities across the U.S like Baltimore and St. Paul.
The Hernando Farmer's Market was formed in 2008 and is located on the historic Hernando Square, nestled under the tall oak trees surrounding the courthouse. Vendors sell local fruits and vegetables, dairy products from grass-fed cows and goats, meat, eggs, soaps and lotions, home-made canned and preserved items, all types of fresh breads and other wonderful baked goods, honey and much more.
One key thing that sets the Hernando Farmer's Market apart is their commitment to teaching people about eating and living healthier. Mississippi has been known as one of the unhealthiest states in the nation and one of the most obese. But in 2010, due in part to its active farmers' market, Hernando was named the "Healthiest Hometown in Mississippi" by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. And, it was mentioned by First Lady Michelle Obama in her "Let’s Move" publicity campaign!
Not only does the market feature fresh, organic meats, eggs and veggies, they also have "lunch and learn" discussions on topics like gardening and healthy eating. Vendors at the market can learn about food safety. There are yoga and zumba classes on the lawn for anyone who wants to join. And if those don't get your heart pumping, you can get up and dance to the great musical guests featured on weekends.
The market is only open until 1:00 so plan on getting there early and starting out in the nice café that serves coffee and breakfast items.
Hernando is located in the northwest corner of Mississippi, and is about a half hour drive south of Memphis, TN. If you're traveling around the area, I highly recommend adding a Saturday morning stop at this fabulous market to your itinerary.
Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm. April 20 through Oct. 30.
Hernando Courthouse Square
475 West Commerce Street,
Hernando, MS 38632
Hernando, MS 38632
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