Community Market Festival series begins Thursday in Downtown Biloxi

The City of Biloxi is welcoming back its Community Farmers Market Festival series tomorrow after a short hiatus because of COVID.

In another step toward normalcy during the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer staple in Downtown Biloxi returns Thursday: the Community Farmers Market Festival. Biloxi Main Street Executive Director Kay Miller said, “We’ve been doing these for many years now and it’s just getting back to normal and just doing things that we usually, typically do, but doing it safely at the same time.”

May’s festival was canceled due to safety precautions, but the market has already been open for a while due to popular demand. “The farmers market really only was not working for one week. There was such a public outcry for the farmers to come back and for people to be able to go outdoors and buy things that they needed that the farmers market has been going the entire time.”

While the market may have been up and running, it’s not the same as the Farmers Market Festivals. “What we add to the Farmers Market Festivals is we have entertainment. We’ll have tables set up so we usually cook hamburgers and hot dogs, but we decided that we would encourage people to go downtown and pick something up and bring it and sit down at our tables and listen to the entertainment.”

Besides getting fresh produce and supporting local businesses, another incentive for going is the hourly giveaways, all of which are donated by vendors. “We give away outdoor prizes every fifteen minutes. So you don’t have to come and stay long to be eligible to win some of the prizes.”

Additionally, Biloxi Main Street will be selling ‘greetings from Biloxi’ mural t-shirts and note cards to help local stores and restaurants. “It’s a really nice, soft t-shirt. So, something fun and something to help our downtown businesses during this time.”

The Farmer’s Market will continue to be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming dates for the festival series are June 25th, July 16th, September 24th, and October 29th.

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