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Farmers Market Possible in Vidalia
Tuesday, 03 June 2014

June 3--  Federal and private grants are being sought to start a Farmers Market in Vidalia.

Representatives of the Mercy Clinic held a public meeting to guage support according to Melinda Hicks of the Clinic's Community Wellness Department.

" We want it to be a win-win for everybody.  It's going to be wonderful for our community as a whole and for anyone who's interested in buying fresh fruits and vegetables.

"This is a rural community, an agricultural community, and we're not tapping in to what our farmers have to offer," she said.

One of the grants would help educate consumers on the value of healthy eating.

"One of our main focuses is people who may not have a voice and helping them get access so they are healthier," Hicks said.

A possible location for the Farmers Market would be the new city park in downtown Vidalia.

"That is such a neat facility and it's perfect for bringing people into our downtown," she said.

A grant for $100,000 to sustain the market is being submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture while another request for up to $50,000 is being submitted to Aetna Insurance, according to Hicks.

If the grants are approved, the first farmers market could open as early as this Fall.

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