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Oconee Farmers Market to Hold "Farm Animal Saturday"

Oconee Farmers Market will feature farm animals along with farm products on Saturday.

Oconee Farmers Market will feature farm animals along with farm products on Saturday.

Vendors have made plans to bring a goat, chickens, Great Pyrenees puppies, rabbits and either a sheep or baby pigs.

“Farmer John” Pritchard, husband of Market Manager Cindy Norris Pritchard, has agreed to put on his “Sunday overalls and straw hat” and wave at traffic passing in front of the courthouse.

“He’ll be trying to attract attention like the pizza guy,” Norris Pritchard said.

The Market, in its 31st week, will have special events on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 as well.

The 17th has been designated as Customer Appreciation Saturday, and the 24th–the last Market day of the year–will be part of national Small Business Saturday.

The Red Oak Southern String Band, based in Watkinsville and a market favorite, will be performing each of those days.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Oconee County Courthouse in downtown Watkinsville.

Last Saturday, the market had 27 vendors. It had 37 at one point during the summer.

The goat–named Booberry and owned by the Market’s youngest vendor, Lexi Pritchard, age 7, will be on a leash or in a crate.

Lexi said she will have to keep an eye on Booberry because “he will eat plants and paper.”

One of the products vendors are bringing this time of the year is fall plants.

“Every time he goes after them,” Lexi said, “I’ll just have to pull him back.”

Along with the other usual farm products, the Market will feature long-sleeve T-shirts (donation $12) and market shopping bags (donation $5). 

Here are some of the items that will be available at this week's market:

  • Tomatoes
  • Mixed greens including turnips, salad greens and lettuces
  • Radishes
  • Peppers
  • Dried shiitake mushrooms
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Preserves
  • Empanadas
  • Vegetable quiche
  • Lemonade
  • Pumpkin poundcake,
  • Breads including whole grain/sprouted breads
  • Cookies
  • Indian foods
  • Boiled and fried peanuts
  • Beef jerky
  • Kettle corn
  • Free range eggs
  • Chicken, pork and beef including pulled beef barbecue sliders
  • Small trees
  • Perrenials
  • Herbs
  • House plants
  • Salts
  • Handmade essential soaps
  • Shea butter
  • Various jewelry including lampwork beads and jewelry from recycled items
  • Decorated gourds
  • Hand-knitted items and hand crocheted baby blankets
  • Woolens
  • Vegetarian dog and cat treats

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