Helena Market Days returns June 6

The Helena Market Days farmers' market will begin on June 6 at the Helena Amphitheater. (File)

The Helena Market Days farmers’ market will begin on June 6 at the Helena Amphitheater. (File)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–The summer months in Alabama bring high temperatures and long hours of daylight, but it is also a time when some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables are produced.

Beginning Saturday, June 6, Helena Market Days will return to the Helena Amphitheater and those who stop by can enjoy fresh produce, entertainment and more from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Helena Market Days will be every Saturday until Aug. 29, and will feature chef demonstrations, musicians, local farmers selling a variety of produce and more as a rain or shine event.

“We will have farmers from all over the area, and many of them will be the same as years past,” said Market Manager Ron Holly. “Everything is family oriented, and you will see a lot of the same families and people coming to the market each year. It’s just really laid back and fun, and it is a free event unless you plan to buy something.”

A chef demonstration by Chef Jason Shipp of the Coal Yard has been scheduled for June 6, when he will be preparing summer succotash with grilled grouper.

The musical guest will be Zach and Cheyloe, and the charity spotlight will be the International Cultural Exchange Services.

Holly said the chef demonstrations normally take place from 9-10 a.m. and the musicians will play from 10 a.m. to noon.

“This year, we will have a barbecue cook-off, a peaches ‘n’ cream ice cream day, free tomato sandwich day and more to mix things up each Saturday,” said Holly.

Those wishing to sell at the market must have a growers’ permit. Permits are available at no charge from the County Extension Office.

There will also be a $20 fee to reserve a space for Helena Market Days that is to be paid within 10 days of receiving a letter of acceptance.

To view the rules, guidelines, market application and more about Helena Market Days visit Helenamarket.blogspot.com.