30A Farmer’s Market taking root at Rosemary Beach

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Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM.

The newest farmer's market on 30A all began with a rumor.

"I heard it from a vendor that there was going to be a market in Rosemary Beach," said Diane Kolopanas. "So I called Jim and Kathy [Jim Bagby, town manager and Kathy Kemp, town center director]. There wasn't one yet, but as fate would have it, they really wanted a farmer's market of their own."

Kolopanas and family just moved to the 30A area less than a year ago. Before, they were residents of Memphis, where they put together the city's Greek festival that saw crowds upwards of 25,000 people. With that kind of background, Kolopanas spearheaded the 30A Farmer's Market, which begins next week. The new market will join similar weekend efforts in Seaside, Gulf Place and Destin.

While the 30A Farmer's Market will feature vendors from Seaside's market, Kolopanas said it will be different and unique. Not wanting to compete within the community, Kolopanas made the conscious decision to hold the 30A Farmer's Market on a Sunday, versus Saturday. A Thursday market will also begin May 30 and run until Sept. 4. The market will leave the arts and crafts to the popular Rosemary Beach West Indies Market, which begins May 11.

The food featured at the market will have an international theme throughout with dishes and meal demonstrations originating from Spain, Italy, France and Greek food and pastries straight from the Kolopanas kitchen.

 Local chefs already slated for the 30A Farmers Market include: Chef Chris Chirum of Wild Olives and Chef Edward Reece of Edward's. In just the past month since Kolopanas began putting the farmer's market together, she has more than 37 vendors and businesses participating in the market, and the list keeps growing.

As a consumer, Kolopanas is a farmer's market shopper and very familiar with the local and regional vendors.

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