Hoyt Brown and his wife, Dorothy, stood behind their table Saturday in the parking lot of the Cheaha Brewing Company in Anniston.
Containers of potatoes, beets, cabbages and onions grown on their Rabbittown farm attracted shoppers at the Anniston Farmer’s Market to Brown’s table.
Saturday was the market’s first at that location, having moved several hundred yards West from Zinn Park.
Brown has spent the last 50 years selling at farmer’s markets, and before that, he sold vegetables with his father. He said he liked the new location, and hopes the market will stay there.
“I’ve believe I’m going to like it,” Brown said. “Stay in one place and get it established, but I think it’s going to go well.”
A cold spring and heavy rains have made for bad crops so far this year, Brown said, “but we’ve got stuff coming. Corn, okra, beans and peas. It’ll be just a little bit late.”
He’s not complaining about all the rain, Brown said, because in a few weeks he’s sure farmers will be calling for it.
“You’ve got to take it as it comes,” he said.
By 9 a.m. more than 220 people had strolled through the market, said market manager Jean Ann Oglesby.
Organizers have added some things to this year’s market they hope will draw more customers. Each week, a different musical group is to perform.
Penny Johnson came to see just that. Her friend and coworker Kevin Hagie plays guitar for the Gypsy Begonias, which performed at the market Saturday.
Johnsons said it’s a good idea to have things like musical groups and activities for children at the market.
“It’s nice, and everyone’s friendly,” Johnson said.
Every other week organizers plan to have something special for children at the market, Oglesby said. Saturday, Anniston Museum curator Dan Spaulding brought animals for kids to see.
A chef from Cheaha Brewery was to cook later Saturday morning on an outdoor kitchen, donated by Lowe’s. A different local chef will cook up local, seasonal foods each week, Oglesby said.
“Everybody seems to have found it,” Oglesby said, speaking of the change in venue. “And there is more parking.”
Saturday was Mary Watson’s first visit to the market. She didn’t find the watermelons she was looking for, but said she liked the market enough to try again.
“It may be too early for them,” she said. “I’ll come back.”