Canton watermelon kid

In this 2019 file photo, Kurt Burkhardt competes in a watermelon eating contest at the Canton Farmers Market.

The annual farmers market in Canton will return to Brown Park June 5, bringing over 50 vendors to the downtown area.

This year’s Canton Farmers Market will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Saturday until Oct. 16. For this year’s market, a wider variety of food will be available for shoppers than previous years, Downtown Development Manager Velinda Hardy said.

“We’ve been extremely lucky so far that I have been able to reach out to vendors, and that so many people have reached out to me about being apart of the market,” Hardy said.

The market will feature returning vendors offering seafood options, drinks, cookies, cakes, pies, and honey, to name a few. Along with returning favorites, new vendors will be featured selling beef, pork, and prepared meals, such as casseroles, Hardy said.

One vendor who will be present at the market, Sully’s Slammin’ Fresh Salsa, makes four flavors of salsa. The salsa is created by 11-year-old creator Tyler Sullivan. Hardy said a large portion of the proceeds from the salsa sales will go to a charity of Tyler’s choosing.

“This vendor is quite interesting because the salsa came to be during the pandemic,” Hardy said. “This was a family activity that helped them bond and has turned into something great.”

Arts and crafts will not be included at this year’s market like previous years, Hardy said. Instead, Menagerie on Main, 351 West Main St., will have a separate market focusing on arts on crafts. This showcase, Market on Main, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hardy said Market on Main will start as a once a month event, and may eventually change to a couple of times a month.

For updates on the farmers market, visit the market’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CantonGAFarmersMarket.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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