Each Saturday, from April to November, growers, producers, and artisans within an approximate 100-mile radius of Oconee County set-up booths at the Oconee Farmers Market. These are individuals who are directly involved in the production of fruits, vegetables, meats, edible grains, nuts, plants, flowers, baked goods, or value-added agricultural products, such as soaps, birdhouses, jewelry, decorated gourds, and carved wood.
The Oconee Farmers Market officially began operation when they opened for its inaugural season in 2004 in the front yard of the Eagle Tavern across from the Courthouse in downtown Watkinsville, the county seat of Oconee County. As the market began to grow over the next few years, the front yard of the Eagle Tavern became crowded and the market moved to the rear of the Eagle Tavern in 2009 to accommodate for its increase in both vendors and customers. In 2012, the market yet again became too large for its current location, so it was moved across the street to its current location: in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. Other than free use of government property, the Oconee Farmers Market does not receive any government assistance.
For fourteen years, the Oconee Farmers Market has been a Saturday morning staple for many Oconee County residents. Today, the market is host to many different groups and activities. Live music can be heard each Saturday from local musicians. Twice a month, the market offers kids day activities. Local community groups, such as the Oconee County Library and the Oconee County Animal Shelter, sell goods as a fundraiser, with 100% of the proceeds going back to their group. Local restaurants have purchased produce to use in their dishes, and the Oconee Area Resource Council has also purchased food from our vendors in years past.
Annie Kennedy - President
Eric Pope - Vice President
Amanda Latimer - Secretary
Miguel Cabrera - Treasurer
Joy Redmond - Vendor Representative
Holly Jackson - Board Member
Allison Barnes - Market Manager