By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
From left, Gretchen and Kurt Schulz are ready for the fifth year of the Snellville Farmer’s Market to open June 7.

Acclaimed Farmer’s Market kicks off June 7

SNELLVILLE – Things sure have changed since the city’s Farmer’s Market opened for the first time five years ago.

Then, there were just over 30 vendors. When the market opens its 2014 season June 7, there will be 55.

The Farmer’s Market, which was voted the top market in the state and is on the nation's Top 100 Most Celebrated Farmers Markets list by American Farmland Trust's I Love My Farmers Market Celebration, will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 27 starting June 7.

Kurt and Gretchen Schulz have been organizing the market since its inception and say they have seen the event grow each year – and so has the acclaim it brings the city. “We feel like it has kicked off this community’s pride,” Kurt Schulz said. “That’s what makes up proud,” Gretchen Schulz said. “We love seeing people come to the market, laughing with friends and neighbors. That’s what means a lot to us.” The Schulz’ and the 12 volunteers who run the market work virtually year round recruit nearby farmers, secure entertainment and make sure the produce is meticulously screened for quality and fit SafeServ guidelines.

The market, which operates under the umbrella of Snellville Tourism & Trade, has grown to feature low-volume music acts, animal adoption programs and new this year, a celebrity chef cooking demonstration featuring four local chefs the second Saturday of each month. “You just feel this atmosphere of community,” Gretchen Schulz said. “That’s what makes it more fun than going to the local grocery store.” As always, this year’s market will have a delicious variety of vendors offering fruits, vegetables, baked goods, mushrooms, herbs, spices, farm fresh meats and cheeses, local honey, kitchen products, flowers, plants and coffees. And if the chef’s samples aren’t enough food, numerous vendors feature breakfast sandwiches, BBQ and a variety of other foods. For more information on the Farmer’s Market visit www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com. For more information on STAT visit www.snellvilletourism.com

 

SNELLVILLE FARMERS' MARKET

2014 VENDORS

Note: All vendors do not participate in the market every week

AG Soaps: handmade soap, beeswax candles; Patricia Westervelt, Lawrenceville, GA

Back River Farm: fresh produce (Certified Naturally Grown); Richard Brown, Loganville, GA, http://www.backriverfarmga.net

Big Daddy Que: pulled pork, chicken, ribs, brisket, Brunswick stew, barbecue sandwiches; Todd Lawson, Snellville, GA

Black Door Designs: handmade pottery; Susan Boudreaux, Lilburn, GA

Blooming Beauties: live plants and flowers, handmade girls' aprons; Miriam Gruwell, Hoschton, GA

Blue Moon Creamery: goat cheese; David Moose, Loganville, GA

Cabbagehead Produce: fresh produce; Steve McDonald, Loganville GA (farm is in Midville, GA)

C & P Products: homemade insect repellent, garden trellises, bird feeders, bat houses, pot holders; Paul and Christine Pierson, Flowery Branch, GA

Carrell Farms: water buffalo meat, tallow skin care products, alpaca yarn products; David and Shalley Carrell, Monroe, GA

Cedar Seeder: handmade cedar planters, raised beds, live plants, muscadines, figs, gogi berries, elderberries; George and Krista Jones High, Snellville, GA, http://www.cedarseederplants.com

Chateau le Pup: homemade natural dog treats; Amanda Aikens, Sugar Hill, GA, http://chateaulepup.com

Clark's Fresh Flowers and Produce: fresh cut flowers, produce; Ka Thao, Hoschton and Winder, GA

Cooking with Bubba: sauces, salsas, chow chow, boiled peanuts; Wade and Melony Lipsey, Loganville, GA, http://www.cookingwithbubba.com

Dillwood Farms: fresh produce; Seth and Haley Hancock, Snellville, GA, Dennis http://www.dillwoodfarms.com

Diva's Pit Bull Dog Rescue: dogs for adoption; Becky Roberts and Colleen Lazenby, Snellville GA

Greg Earle: fresh produce; Earle family, Covington, GA (farm is in Madison, GA)

Eat the Cake Pastries; Caribbean-inspired desserts; Nneka Basous and Zanetta Head, Snellville, GA

Family Traditions Wholesale Color: fresh produce, barn wood planters, jams and jellies; Dennis and Heather Mobley, Monroe, GA.

Finch Creek Farm: fresh produce (Certified Naturally Grown); Cass Fraunfelder, Winder, GA, http://www.finchcreekfarm.com

Freshly Milled Breads: breads made from freshly milled grains, bread mixes, cornbread mix, pancake mix; Irma and Jerry Smith, Lawrenceville, GA

Gifts by Betty: homemade table runners; Betty Lowe, Snellville, GA

Gwinnett County Extension Service: educational materials, master gardeners available to answer questions, http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/gwinnett

Henry's Farm: gourmet kettlecorn; Gary and Clare Mescher, Lawrenceville, GA

Jail Dogs and Society of Humane Friends of Georgia: adoptable dogs; Lawrenceville, GA, http://www.jaildogs.org and http://www.sohfga.com

Java Genesis Coffee Roasting: freshly roasted whole bean and ground coffee by the pound, hot and iced coffee by the cup; Tom and Juanice Christian, Bethlehem, GA, http://javagenesiscoffeeroasting.com

Sharon Jessie and Mark Salonus: fresh produce from their backyard garden, spiced nuts, breads, fried pies; Monroe, GA

King of Pops: handcrafted all-natural pops; Steven and Nick Carse, Atlanta, GA, http://atlanta.kingofpops.net

Ladrea Marie's Cookies: assorted cookies; Ladrea and Gregory Coffee, Lawrenceville, GA, http://www.ladreamariescookies.com

Legacy Bakers: biscotti, loaf cakes, pastries, rolls; Ann and Fred Harri, Lawrenceville, GA

Mac the Cheese Truck: breakfast casserole bowls, mac and cheese bowls, sandwiches; Beau Hudson, Buford, GA, http://www.macthecheesetruck.com

Mill Creek Spice Company: spice blends, herbal teas, freshly roasted coffee; Greg Wood, Dacula, GA, http://www.millcreekspice.com

MJ's Vegetables: fresh produce, including vegetables popular in the Caribbean: Michael Joseph, Lithonia, GA

Moehrke, Dot: jams and jellies, Grayson, GA

My Quality Mushroom Farm: mushrooms; Megan and Beau Burry, Snellville, GA, http://myqualitymushrooms.blogspot.com

Newman Family Produce: fresh produce; Edward and Felicia Newman, Snellville, GA

NNN & Company: fresh produce; Bonnie Martin, Dacula, GA

Orobianco: mozzarella cheese made in Snellville; Maria Montenaro and Massimo Romano, Snellville, GA, http://orobianco.us

Pace Produce: fresh produce; Clinton Pace, Westminster, SC

Pearson Farm: fresh peaches, pecans, pecan oil, blueberries, blackberries; Fort Valley, GA, http://www.pearsonfarm.com

Pine Street Market: bacon, sausage, salami, baked goods; Avondale Estates, GA, http://www.pinestreetmarket.com

Premier Sharpening: sharpening service (knives, scissors, mower blades, tools); Jeff Eubanks, Loganville, GA, http://www.premiersharpeningatlanta.com/

Presley Farm: fresh produce; Richard Presley, Maysville, GA

Purely Simple Catering: breakfast sandwiches, assorted breads and baked goods, coffee, iced tea, http://www.purelysimplecatering.com

Rasmussen Honey: honey; Steve and Sidney Rassmussen, Mark and Michele Rasmussen, Lilburn, GA

Rick Rack Rosie: handmade aprons, dish towels, pot holders, shopper totes; Debbie Kirk, Acworth, GA

Royal Rose Bakery: baked goods made with French recipes, quiche, pot pies, stuffed veggies; Myriam Shuler, Gainesville, GA

Sarah Care of Snellville: handmade gardening gloves and potholders made to benefit the Alzheimer's Association; Aysha Cooper and Bonnie Penniman, Snellville, GA, http://sarahcare.com/snellville

Slice of Georgia: jams, jellies, pickles, relish, salsa, sauces, fruit and nut butters; Celeste Hayes, Zebulon, GA, http://www.sliceofgeorgia.com

Snellville Honey: honey, eggs; Edward Sezenov, Snellville, GA, http://www.snellvillehoney.com

SNAP (Snellville Neighborhood Alert Program): information about the SNAP program; Tricia Rawlins, Snellville, GA

Southern Butterflies: body care products, candles and candle melts, jams and jellies; Susan Durham, Ellijay, GA, http://www.southernbutterflies.com

Sparkles Cookies and Desserts: gluten-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free baked goods and candies; Wendy Benton, Snellville, GA

Sunshine Farm: fresh produce (Certified Naturally Grown); Aldo Ramos, Monroe, GA, http://sunshinefarm.locallygrown.net

Sweet on Peyton: baked goods, herbs; Nichelle McCalla, Buford, GA, http://www.sweetonpeyton.com

Sweet Willie James Spices; spice and seasoning mixes; Derrick Massey, Loganville, GA

Thompson Family Farm: fresh produce; Kevin and Alice Moody, Monroe, GA, http://www.thompsonfamilyfarms.com

Tracy's Tasties: mini cheesecakes, cheesecake pops; Tracy Boswell, Stone Mountain, GA,

TyCo B Farms: fresh produce, jams and jellies; Ty Cowart, Snellville, GA

Watsonia Farms: fresh produce (both USDA Organic and conventional); Jerry and Joe Watson, Monetta, SC, http://watsoniafarms.com

Wild Hare Farm: fresh produce; Clark Carmichael, Conyers, GA

Yang's Cut Flowers and Vegetables: fresh cut flowers and vegetables; Vang Yang, Social Circle and Madison, GA

Zocalo Salsas: salsas; Luis Martinez, Atlanta, GA, http://www.zocalosalsas.com