Hernando's weekly farmers market in northern Mississippi has been recognized as one of the top five farmers markets in the country. The market is every Saturday, but what if you can't make it to the market on Saturday?
If you can't make it to the Hernando farmers market on Saturdays that doesn't mean you're out of luck when it comes to getting locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. They've got a new system in the city where you can get a to go order, straight from the farm.
Orders being picked up this week include locally grown peaches, nectarines, blueberries, honey dew melons, cherry tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beans, purple hull peas and snap beans.
"These things were picked most of them just this morning or last night, so it's really good for the people who will be eating them," said Margaret Yates, manager of Hernando's new 4 Rivers Fresh Foods Hub.
The fresh fruits and veggies being packed up here were delivered by local farmers. Customers sign up to have local produce boxed up for them and then pick up their orders on Thursday.
"The farmers have a new avenue for selling and people have the freshest food around. It's good for Mississippi," says Yates.
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The 4 Rivers Fresh Food Hub is only in its second week in Hernando and the first week it had 21 orders, the second week it had 32 orders.
"We are really the first food hub in the state and that just means that we are aggregating the great produce from local farmers and locally sourced food," said Shelley Johnston of the city of Hernando. "Putting it together and distributing it, that makes it easier for people to have access to local foods, in particular, fresh foods and vegetables; which we all know we need more of,," said Shelley Johnston with the city of Hernando.
There are two options - a $15 box or a $20 box.
"The $15 box will feed a family of two for a week, the $25 box will feed a family of four for a week," Yates said.
You also have an option of buying farm fresh eggs, milk and bread for several dollars more.
"We've had people call and say, 'I just can't make it to the farmer's market,' 'I work on a Saturday,' or 'We have a ballgame with the kids, can you box me up some food? I want to eat right,' and we say we certainly can," Johnston said.
If interested you should contact Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 901-326-1627. You will need to pick up your ordered fresh fruits and veggies at the Meat and Fish Market on Commerce Street in Hernando on Thursday afternoons between 3-6 p.m.
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