By Darla Huffman, Farmers’ Market P.R.
Butterfly gardens will be the topic of the week at the Jasper Farmers’ Market’s Master Gardeners Information Tent this Saturday, April 2, with a focus on creating a butterfly garden for your yard. There will be volunteers to answer your questions and “how to” information to take home. For the children, there will be butterfly pictures to color and caterpillars to make while learning about the life cycle of these winged creatures.
If you have ever wondered who are these people arrogant enough to call themselves Master Gardeners, here is definition: “The Master Gardener Program in Georgia is a volunteer training program designed to help Extension agents transfer research-based information about gardening and related subjects to the public by training home gardeners.”
Educating the public is what Master Gardeners are all about. As sponsors of the Jasper Farmers’ Market, they bring information on farming and gardening into the community with our Educational Opportunities during the Market season. Stop by the Master Gardener Tent this week with your questions.
The Jasper Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning from April through October and Wednesday mornings, June 15 to August 31, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, except for the 4th of July Celebration and the Marble Festival. The location is the Park & Ride lot beside Lee Newton Park on Highway 53 near downtown Jasper.
Only handmade and homegrown items can be sold at the Market; see the Master Gardeners Web site for complete rules. The Farmers’ Market is a project of Pickens County Master Gardeners (www.pickensmg.com) and the County Extension Office (706-253- 8840). Please contact either for more information.