Every Wednesday in Tatnall Square Park, the sidewalks are lined with colorful kiosks with a variety of fresh, local and handmade produce for the Mulberry Market.
The weekly market was founded in 2009 by Community Health Works and the City of Macon with the goal of providing sustainable food while helping local businesses and farmers, according to the Mulberry Market website.
“Today, at its current location in Tattnall Square Park, Mulberry Market attracts a wide range of Central Georgians of all incomes, races, professions and ages who enjoy fresh, locally produced farm, food and artisan produce” , says the website. .
The park is within walking distance of Mercer University, which provides students with a cool atmosphere and sustainable local produce. They are able to support small businesses while taking a break from their academic responsibilities.
“I think it’s cool because it connects Mercer to the rest of Macon,” said Aurora Eastabrook, a freshman at Mercer. You can see small businesses from all over town, but it’s close to campus.
In addition to benefiting students, Mulberry Market also benefits small businesses. The marketplace website currently lists over 20 vendors, but the site also offers an app for any business to apply to become a vendor.
Lilly Hagerman, owner of the wax art company Toxic Moon Co., has had a stall at Mulberry Market for nearly two years and regularly sells crystals, candles and jewelry. She says the market has been a boon to her business in many ways.
“Growing my business through word of mouth was really awesome because a lot of people came into the market to see me other people telling them, and that was really cool,” Hagerman said.
Other businesses include Bon Bon, which sells French-inspired desserts, and Bear and Deer Bakery, which sells vegan baked goods.
“The market is awesome,” Hagerman said. “Everyone should come check it out.”
Mulberry Market is open every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Tatnall Square Park at 1155 College St. The market is free to the public and operates rain or shine. To receive market updates, customers can sign up for their email newsletter on their website.