Back by popular demand, the Community Farmer’s Market will return to Villa Rica on Monday, May 2.
The Market will be held each Monday through October from 4 – 7 p.m at the The MILL Amphitheater, at 106 Temple St. in downtown Villa Rica.
Opening day of the market will feature 20-plus vendors, primarily representatives of local produce and meat growers, although some crafts and other merchandise will be on sale. There will also be two food trucks on hand (The Blue Nomad and Butter’dudder).
Visitors who turn out for opening day will also find sidewalk games, including Connect 4 and cornhole. And there will be yoga classes offered by Villa Rica Yoga. The classes start at 6 p.m., and those interested must contact the studio to sign up (678-216-2598).
The market is being sponsored by the city’s Downtown Development Authority. A previous farmer’s market had been held next to The Mill, and after it ended there was revived interest in the market; so much so that the DDA announced that it would be brought back to downtown.
Each vendor will pay a small fee to the Downtown Development Authority, which will use the funds to promote and operate the market.
“The people of Villa Rica deserve to have access to healthy, fresh options close to home,” said Brandi Freemen of Bedelia’s Bees, whose honey will be sold at the market. “Having a hometown market is also a great local economic stimulator as it keeps and brings money to the area.”
A weekly fee of $10 will be charged to produce vendors, while sellers of non-produce items will pay a fee of $15. Both types of vendors may also pay seasonal fee of $200 and $350 respectively.
Vendors – who may contact the city to participate – will be drawn from across the west Georgia area, including Dallas, Rockmart, and Douglasville. Vendors from Carroll County and Villa Rica will receive priority for the limited number of stalls.
Booth spaces will be 10 feet by 10 feet, along with spaces between the vendors, who are encouraged to bring their own tents, tables, chairs, and other items they will need.
The Authority is also encouraging acoustic performers to sign up and help entertain the shoppers. However, the city will not be providing any sound equipment.
The new edition of the farmer’s market will not only feature a wider variety of food vendors it will also start a bit later in the day than the previous market, which organizers hope will encourage more shoppers to participate. Those shoppers will also be encouraged to visit Villa Rica’s downtown shops and restaurants.
For more information about vending, please email [email protected] or call 678-840-1441
Public Information Officer
City of Villa Rica