The 2009 Brownwood area farmers’ market is set to open Saturday, and, as it was last summer will be located under the Austin Avenue overpass at Avenues A and Brady.

Hours and days of operation will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sell out on Wednesdays and Saturdays this season.

“By buying your fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs at the farmers’ market, you are supporting local agriculture, as all the vendors are local to this area,” said Cary Perrin, one of the market organizers and executive director for Keep Brownwood Beautiful. “That means you are also getting the very freshest produce possible, as many crops are picked and brought to market within 24 hours.

“The Brownwood area is unique, in that we have growers and folks who want fresh items, but have had a hard time making the market grow,” Perrin said in a press release. “We are always looking to expand so folks will have a greater variety of items from which to select. We really want to encourage people to buy and sell at the market, and help it grow and thrive in Brownwood.”

Perrin said a special event is planned for the market on June 13. That day, the market will be hosting a special event “From Market to Menu,” and will feature cooking demonstrations by chefs from The Turtle Restaurant, and customers will have the opportunity to “taste test” items available at the market and specially prepared. Demonstrations will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Perrin said a grant from GoTexan made the event possible.

Perrin said an advantage of open farmers’ markets is that customers have a chance to meet the farmers and learn how they grow their crops, where the produce comes from and what is in season.

“In addition,” Perrin said, “you can get to know local artisans, and bakers. A day at the farmers’ market will get you excited about making healthy food choices by building a sense of connection to the people who grow our food.”

For more information on the farmers’ market, visit www.keepbrownwoodbeautiful.org and click on the farmers’ market link or call 641-0533.