Meridian Star

May 5, 2013

Bountiful Day

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — A brisk, sunny spring day welcomed a huge crowd of people to the Earth's Bounty May event held Saturday in Singing Brakeman Park in downtown Meridian.

    With all the food, produce and flowers anyone could ask for, patrons to the monthly gathering were happy and content to wander among all the booths offering a wide variety of items.

    "This looks to have the makings of a wonderful turnout," said John McClure, executive director of Meridian Main Street. "The word of mouth is really getting out about how great an event this is becoming and we might just outgrow this area. Now that would be a wonderful problem to have."

    Presenting sponsor, The Greater Meridian Health Clinic, provided another health screening at the monthly festival. Saturday's screening was for blood glucose and blood pressure.The clinic has joined forces with Meridian Main Street to provide the freshest in local fruits and vegetables, plus homemade, agriculturally based products created by area cooks and bakers.  

    Members of the Meridian Area Farmers Market joined Earth's Bounty vendors with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, delectable cakes, pies, jams, jellies and other homemade products.

    Earth's Bounty is a Certified Farmers Market with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and they strongly promote, "local, fresher and better."

    Barbara Singleton of Bailey was moving around the booths looking at everything. She said she was really wanting to get some honey and found plenty at three different booths.

    "I got a jar from each," Singleton said laughing. "I just couldn't turn it down."

    This is the first Earth's Bounty Singleton has ever attended and she said it certainly won't be the last.

    "I just love this," she said looking over a jar of homemade jam. "Sampling all the different things. I won't have to eat lunch that's for sure."

    Allyson Hooper is in her second year as a vendor at the event. She sets up her beautiful baked goods from her home business Sweet Treats. Some of the treats are too beautiful to eat but she said she manages to sell out most of the time.

    "I've always had a big response to my baked goods," Hooper said, who started her home business three years when her son was born. "I usually sell out."

    Earth's Bounty will continue June 1, with the following dates, July 6, August 3, September 7 and October 5. Admission to all festivals is free.