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First Saturday Market a success

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July 2, 2005

Albany-- WG & L along with the Albany Civic Center have teamed up to bring old times to newly developed downtown. The days of being able to buy fresh produce, homemade goods and crafts are back in Albany.

Looking at the chickens and all the homemade goods is a reminder of years gone by. "I would say twenty-five or thirty years ago," says Deanie Chesser of Albany.

Decades ago is when Deanie Chesser remembers heading out to the big farmers markets. "It used to over off of Newton Road and farmers would bring in their trucks loaded down with vegetables," says Chesser. Those days ended and now she's in downtown Albany to relive those days at the open air farmers market at the Civic Center.

"I am. I hope it will grow," says Chesser. And so do organizers, but judging by opening day's turnout it's already a success. "Everything from getting your picture with the Poultry Palace chickens to homemade candles, homemade soaps, baked goods, every kind of produce that's in season now, and beautiful birdhouses that have been handmade," says Farkas.

"I make these in my backyard as therapy from my wife and kids," says birdhouse-seller Michael Johnson. He usually has to go to Atlanta or Macon to sell his birdhouses.

"It feels good because we didn't have to travel that far and we get to stay at home tonight when we leave. That's another good thing," says Johnson.

Good things are what organizers wanted to bring to Albany. "We want it to be the people's market and it's something that for ten years the public has cried out for," says Farkas. It's a chance for vendors to show their goods.

"We've done pretty good today. I hope it goes on," says Johnson. It's also a chance for buyers to stroll down memory lane.

"Not every weekend, but I will be down here. Sure will," says Chesser.

Organizer Lorie Farkas says that thousands of people attended Saturday's market making it a big success. The Saturday market will be held the first Saturday of each month.

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