Alabaster Farmers Market held throughout the summer

ALABASTER- The City of Alabaster and local nonprofit Sowers of Seed have recently teamed up to host the Alabaster Farmers Market for the fifth consecutive summer.

According to farmers market manager and Sowers of Seed founder and executive director Lynn Coleman, each farmers market is held from 8 a.m. to noon on every Saturday through Aug. 5 behind the Alabaster Senior Center.

“Just look for the blue tents,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the Alabaster Farmers Market typically attracts farmers and vendors from all over central Alabama and has served as an opportunity for Alabaster locals to buy fresh produce.

“We needed something for our residents,” said Coleman, who founded the farmers market in 2012.

Each weekend, the farmers market features live music and Market Sprouts, an educational program for kids.

“[Market Sprouts] teaches our kids how our produce grows,” Coleman said.

According to a resolution from the city of Alabaster, some of the proceeds of the farmers market are used to support the Alabaster City Schools free summer meal program, which offers free breakfast and lunch to kids and teens up to the age of 18.

So far, Coleman said the Alabaster Farmers Market has received a positive reception from the public.

“There has been a constant flow of shoppers, and our vendors are having good days,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the Alabaster Farmers Market is currently looking for plant vendors, cheese vendors and a variety of artisans. Vendors who are interested in setting up a booth at the farmers market can send an email to Coleman at sowersofseed@hotmail.com.