Shelby County farmers’ markets in full swing

Farmers' markets will be in full-swing in Shelby County over the next few months. (File)

Farmers’ markets will be in full-swing in Shelby County over the next few months. (File)

By JENNIFER BAILEY / Staff Writer

With summer fast approaching, farmers’ markets are beginning to open throughout Shelby County.

The Columbiana Farmers Market is located on West College Street, behind the courthouse. They open Saturdays from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. until whenever the produce runs out.

The vendors offer several different types of produce including strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes and onions. Soon they will also have blueberries, squash and corn.

“We sell what we eat,’’ Glenn said, noting all of the vendors taste all of their products before they sell them. “If they wouldn’t eat them, they aren’t going to sell them.”

The amount of produce is limited because, there are only two or three vendors that are at the farmers market regularly.

Another local farmers market is Helena Market Days located at the Helena Amphitheater on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and noon starting June 6.

The market relies heavily on volunteer help. Ron Holly, one of the markets directors, and the volunteers arrive at the Helena Amphitheater between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. to set up tents and tables. They also stay after the farmers market ends to break down what they set up that morning.

Currently Helena Market Days has six farmers and even some non-farmers committed to booths. The vendors at Helena Market Days offer a little bit of everything including tomatoes, peaches, beans and squash. Watermelon, blueberries and strawberries will be available later in the summer.

They will also have booths for baked goods, fresh bread, knife and tool sharpening, handmade soap, homemade jams and jellies, honey and popsicles from Frio’s Gourmet Pops.

Holly said that Helena Market Days has grown a little each year. They have musicians that come out and play for an hour or two at a time and chef demonstrations. They also have several events planned such as a barbecue cook-off, a Boy Scout cook-off and a peach and ice cream bake.

Farmers markets are growing in popularity. Holly said that he thought that it was because “people want to know where their produce comes from.

The following are farmers’ markets in Shelby County:

 

Calera Farmers Market

Oliver Park, 9758 Highway 25

Open June through August

Tuesday, 3-6 p.m.

Calerafarmersmarket.com

 

Columbiana Farmers Market

West College Street

Open April-November

Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Crosscreek Community Market

600 Crosscreek Trail, Pelham

Open May 19-August 4

Tuesday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Helena Market Days

4151 Helena Road

Open June through Labor Day

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Helenamarketdays.com

 

Montevallo Farmers Market

Middle Street behind First Baptist Church

Open May-August

Monday, 3-6 p.m.

Montevallofarmersmarket.blogspotl.com

 

Mt Laurel Farmers Market

38 Manning Place

Open June through August

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

Mtlaurel.com

 

Riverchase UMC Market

1953 Old Highway 31, Hoover

Last week of May through first week of August

Thursday, 1-5 p.m.

Riverchaseumc.org

 

Alabaster Farmers Market

Behind Alabaster City Hall

Open June through August

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon

 

Valleydale Farmers Market

4601 Valleydale Road, Birmingham

Open May through August

Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon