Battlefield Farmers’ Market is reaping the benefits of its LaFayette market, which will continue to operate into August.

The Monday markets, which started on June 16, from 3-6 p.m. are held in the parking lot behind Joe Stock Memorial Park on North Main Street. The last market was originally scheduled for July 21, but interest has been so strong that the market requested to use the location through Aug. 18.

“There has been an overwhelming welcome for the market to be in LaFayette” said Karen Bradley, soil conservation technician with the National Resources Conservation Service’s LaFayette-Dalton field office.

Battlefield Farmers’ Market is held on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Walker County Agricultural Center off U.S. 27 in Rock Spring behind the Civic Center. Bradley said the market has more than 30 vendors.

Bradley said she is encouraging more vendors to set up for the LaFayette markets, and the group is considering the possibility of having a crafts festival in November at the Ag Center.

Vendors selling fresh produce, meat and eggs, as well as plants and quality handcrafted items, are invited to apply to sell at the LaFayette market. Vendors interested in participating must fill out an application form and pay an annual membership fee and a $5 fee for each market day that they attend. All products sold at the market must be produced on the vendor’s property. Vendors must be independent business people, not part of a corporation, partnership or joint venture.

Artisans and artists are also invited to apply to sell their items. Imported items are not accepted. Items must be handmade.

For more information on the markets or to pick up an application, contact Karen Bradley at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 208 N. Duke St., Suite C, LaFayette, GA 30728, or call her at (706) 638-2207, extension 3.

(Walker County Messenger)