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William Lehman of A Touch of Soul Catering serves up a hot meal at Saturdays farmers market. 

The South Hill Farmers Market kicked off its 2019 season Saturday with a record turnout. Market Director Jacqueline Moyer said over 500 people came out for opening day, and the market nearly sold out of spaces, as some producers purchased more than one space. 

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Ari Lopez of Fair Produce pictured with a selection  of flowers offered to shoppers at the market.

I think people are going to see that this is going to be their grocery store,” Moyer said. 

Saturdays vendors were selling a variety of products, including plants, sweet treats, locally raised meats, sausage, jewelry, rugs, popcorn, lemonade, and cutting boards. Shoppers also now have the opportunity to purchase a hot meal from Chef William Lehman at the market. 

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Chris Tatum of Chriss Creations offers his pies to a customer at the market.

Across the street from the farmers market, the Southern Virginia Makers Market was also serving breakfast wraps and scones, which Moyer said sold out. The Makers Market will be holding its grand opening June 13, but potential customers can check the organization’s Facebook page to find out what the store is offering beforehand. 

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The South Central Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners held their plant sale at the farmers market. Pictured are Jerry Tuttle, left, and Lisa Tucker.

Moyer envisions the Makers Market and farmers market working together, allowing people who shop at the farmers market to pick up things from their favorite producers during the week, especially since some producers will not be at the market every week. The Makers Market and farmers market together will give people the opportunity to buy local. 

This is a great thing for South Hill, Moyer said. Its a transformative thing for South Hill. 

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Katrinka Gayles of SweeTrinkas offers cheesecake and cheesecake-stuffed apples to customers on Saturday.

The farmers market is located at the intersection of Mecklenburg Avenue and W. Danvillle Street. It is open every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, through October.