The first Milton Farmer’s Market on Parkview Drive was an “overwhelming success,” according to the organizers of the new event, Nikki and Tyler Olson.

Nikki said she was blown away by the number of vendors participating and how many people turned out Thursday from 4:30-8 p.m.

Approximately 30 vendors sold everything from honey, flower baskets and hydroponic produce to handmade jewelry, stenciled signs and fresh-baked pastries. Food trucks offered sandwiches, ice cream and beverages, including coffee. Several vendors sold out before the night was over and others had people in line throughout the evening.

Held on the first Thursday through September, 4 p.m. (or 4:30 p.m. when school is in session) until 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Milton East Elementary School, visitors will find something for everyone of all ages.

The Olsons, who own Farmhouse Finds on Parkview Drive, are hoping the market will not only bring attention to small businesses in the area but create a stronger sense of community as well.

According to Nikki, this part of Milton near Goodrich Park is a hidden gem with lots of potential for growth and opportunity.

The farmer’s market provides a platform for hobbyists turned businesspersons to offer their products and services at an affordable cost.

Non-profits, too, had booths and appreciated the opportunity for community involvement.

After the first farmer’s market, Nikki reported about 10 vendors had already contacted her the next morning, enthused about signing up for future markets.

Businesses in the immediate area and local organizations are helping promote the growth of the event.

In conjunction with the farmer’s market, TLC Restorations hosted a car cruise, filling a whole block with vintage cars.

With June’s market just around the corner, Nikki predicts double the turnout. In keeping with her goal of offering something unique and fun for everyone, a bags tournament is scheduled during the market as well as a sign painting event. She also hopes to add music featuring local DJs and perhaps even live music at some point.

To piggy-back on the June Milton Farmer’s Market, a sidewalk sale featuring local businesses will be held simultaneously with the Milton’s citywide garage sale on Saturday, June 5.

As the market expands, Nikki, an ICU nurse, is aware of safety concerns. Vendors are appropriately spaced and while masks are no longer being recommended by the county when people are outdoors and can spread out, Nikki encourages vendors to wear them. Hand sanitizer stations are readily available.

The Milton Farmer’s Market’s Facebook page is the place to stay current. “Like” the page for all updates.

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