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July 11, 2011   Email to Friend 

SYLACAUGA FARMERS MARKET HOSTS TOMATO SANDWICH DAY
Jillian Clair
334-612-5660
July 11, 2011

(L-R) Rep. Ron Johnson and Sen. Jerry Fielding enjoy the day making tomato sandwiches and talking with constituents during Sylacauga's Tomato Sandwich Day July 8. More than 400 people attended the event.
SYLACAUGA, Ala. - Bringing a community together isn't as hard as it may seem - all it takes is bread and tomatoes.

Tomato Sandwich Day, a first-time event for the Sylacauga Farmers Market, brought more than 400 people to Central Park in Sylacauga to make tomato sandwiches, mingle and buy fresh produce from 10 a.m. to noon, July 8.

The farmers market opened last year after the Talladega County Farmers Federation purchased five tents and tables.

"It has really brought the community together," said David Farnsworth, the Farmers Federation's area four organization director. "I was talking to a city councilman the other day, and they think this is the best thing since sliced bread. It's also making people aware of local farmers and their product, which we are always grateful for."

On a normal Friday, vendors pay a $20 fee to sell their produce from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the fee for the nine vendors on Tomato Sandwich Day was simply bringing tomatoes.

Blue Bell, Walmart, Piggly Wiggly, Heritage South Credit Union and Merita Bread donated the bread and mayonnaise.

In addition to the 400 community members who attended, Sen. Jerry Fielding and Rep. Ron Johnson had their share of tomato sandwiches as well.

They even helped slice the tomatoes, Farnsworth said.

"We were so pleased to have such a great turnout for a farmers market event," Farnsworth said. "We hope people will continue coming out to the farmers market every Friday to get fresh, local, healthy produce for their families."


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