“It’ll really provide a great atmosphere,” said City Recreation Manager Kirk Franz. “Our goal is for every market to have something unique.”
This year’s farmers market will have about 32 vendors, and Franz said because of the peaked interest from last summer they have been able to be selective with their vendors.
“People are excited about it this year,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of vendor interest and community support.”
One vendor excited to make an encore appearance is Great Harvest Bread Company in Johns Creek owned by Ray and Erika Boland.
“I’m never sure with a farmer’s market but we were really pleased with the traffic we got [last year],” Ray Boland said. “I think it’ll be even better this year.”
Great Harvest Bread Company is a from-scratch bakery specializing in bread. Ray said they plan to bring six to seven different kinds of breads to the market and last year the cinnamon bread was a popular choice by market-goers.
Other examples of expected goods at the market are organic garden produce, certified organic beef, honey and homemade jams and jellies.
Franz said last year’s markets grew to average about 700 visitors each week. This year, he said organizers have worked more in advanced to improve on the 2011 markets.
“Our opening weekend is a lot earlier than last summer,” he said. “Really what we did is we’ve done a little more planning.”
Some of this planning includes more activities such as Hula Hoops and sidewalk art for the kids and chef demonstrations such as grilling and salsa-making presentations for the adults.
The market will be in the parking lot near the Community Garden at Park Place on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Sept. 8.
Citizens can stay updated on the farmer’s market by subscribing to the weekly Farmer’s Market News newsletter at www.johnscreekga.gov.