According to General Manager Sam Thomas, local farmers have been selling produce at the farmers market for 27 years, since 1986, and has not slowed down.
Farmers arrive at 6 a.m. on the front lawn where the radio station is housed and sell produce until it gets too hot or they run out of items to sell.
Originally the market was held on Saturday’s only, but to respond to the demand of requests for a weekday market, Wednesday was added.
Farmers within the listening areas of WJTH are encouraged and invited to attend, according to Thomas, who says he does not charge a fee, nor are the prices of the produce dictated for the farmers.
Farmers have come from Bartow County, Adairsville, Farimount and many other places. Some farmers have been participating in the WJTH Farmers market since its inception. All farmers are encouraged to attend, no registration is necessary, just show up with produce.
The market begins in June and may end as early as Labor Day, according to Thomas, but will be open to any farmer any time of year.
The radio station actively participates with the farmers during the market, and broadcasts over the radio what is left for consumers to purchase.
“We will let folks know they are here, we announce it on the radio,” said Thomas. “We usually go down there and make a list of what we have left, and put it on the radio and tell folks to hurry up and get it before they leave. It gets pretty hot around nine or ten o’clock, especially these days.”
The market has been a tradition at the radio station each year and because many of the farmers who come and the people who come to purchase fresh, home grown produce, Thomas says he is grateful.
For more information, contact WJTH at 706-629-6397.