ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture helped coordinate this as National Farmer’s Market Week.
In Alabama, the enclosed Enterprise Farmer’s Market has become a prototype facility emulated by other cities statewide.
Recently, Kelli Renee-Williams moved from South Florida to Enterprise to pursue her life dream.
Williams would like to open her own bakery but for now rents vendor space at the Enterprise Farmer’s Market which is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings during the growing season.
She owns and operates Queens Pies L.L.C.
“To start my own business so I got my business license and start as a home baker. and my first stop was here at the enterprise farmer’s market it’s been a tremendous opportunity and has helped raise my business tremendously,” says Williams.
Since opening eight years ago, surrounding city officials have visited the Enterprise Farmer’s Market to look at its success.
During the growing season, Enterprise officials feel the market brings folks from throughout the tri-state to the City of Progress.
“If we actually have people from the outside or surrounding part of the Wiregrass come to the market. they utilize our restaurants and maybe aftermarket go eat lunch and shop downtown,” says Community Service Coordinator Birgit Briggs.
The partially closed farmer’s market also helps vendors during extreme heat and bad weather.
“This is the Cadillac for farmer’s markets. They got a good facility here, they got it covered. we’re out of the rain, we’re out of the heat, everything is working out good here,” says Coffee County farmer Roger Shaw.