Donald Cochran delivered some that were even beyond his expectations.
He arrived at the market “under the oaks” with tomatoes that weighed up to 2 pounds. There were a number of really big ones.
“A slice off one of these will extend beyond the edges of your sandwich,” he said.
Cochran admitted the size of his latest bounty is the biggest he has brought since the market opened a few years ago.
L. J. Thompson volunteered to hold some of the big tomatoes since he was helping his friend.
People not only come to the site to find good things to eat but also to socialize with friends and neighbors.
“It is wonderful to see so many friendly people in our small town,” said Mandy Mallicoat, manager.
Growers selling produce also agree the recent showers have prompted a spurt of growth in their gardens.
They indicate this is one of the reasons such a variety is now available.
“We are seeing not only an abundance of tomatoes but other summer vegetables,” Mandy said.
Meanwhile, J. A. Warren and Tommy Walker were discussing the merits of fresh cucumbers and peppers while Debra Pierce and Rachel Reed set up a nearby display.
Shoppers at the market were also checking out the jams, jellies, fruit pies, honey, eggs, herbs, live plants, sweets, fresh baked breads and homemade soaps.
Many were drawn to a display of live bees and other products from Steve’s Bee Farm. Wendy and Steve Hayes talked with Jennifer Lee about how they market honey.
Mandy said there is a waiting list for growers interested in bringing products to Rockmart Farmers Market.
Applications must be filled out and vendors are verified to prevent opportunists from bringing items for resale.
“If you did not grow it, you can’t sell it,” Mandy said.
One of the reasons the market is so popular, she said, is that it upholds the honesty and integrity of the people who sell quality produce.
Vendors seeking an application or have questions about market rules are asked to call her at 770-684-8760.