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Shop local for unique gifts at Shopping by Lantern Light


November 18, 2014

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    The Statesboro Main Street Farmer's Market is hosting the seventh annual Shopping by Lantern Light Tuesday, Nov. 25 in the Sea Island Bank parking lot.
    This event serves as a unique way for locals to purchase goods for their Thanksgiving dinner as well as finding gifts for the upcoming December holidays.
    Vendors arrange their tents and goods in an environment that escapes the usual Saturday market atmosphere. The rows of local produce and crafts are lit by various types of lanterns and sparkly lights creating a picturesque scene easy for all to enjoy.
    "It's a real holiday spirit, very festive. It's at night with lantern light and it's very romantic. A lot of people are coming with the sense to buy something special to take with them to their grandmother's house or prepare at home for their family. The culmination of the whole with Thanksgiving, it's a really cool thing to do every year," said Relinda Walker of Walker Farms and a veteran of the Shopping by Lantern Light event.
    Walker Farms is an organic family farm that has been participating in the Shopping by Lantern Light event since its inception seven years ago. After working together for so many years, bonds are created between the vendors for a family-like atmosphere. The lantern market acts as a farewell to the marketplace for the season.
    "It's the finale of the season for us in Statesboro. It will be the last market until April," said Walker.
Although next Saturday will be the last market of the season many of these vendors, including Walker Farms, have websites that allow customers to place orders throughout the year.
    Don't worry about having cash; cards can be swiped at the Farmer's Market booth and tokens are given to be used as money at each vendor, although few vendors will be able to take cash and cards directly.
    Over 30 local vendors are set to attend with many wares to choose from to help stray from the typical store-bought ingredients, including homemade gluten-free baked goods from Loaves of Love to organic homegrown herbs from The Herb Lady. There will also be a variety of handmade crafts that would serve as the perfect one-of-a-kind holiday gift.
    This event directly benefits the community by supporting local businesses and neighbors while customers receive quality products. Get involved in the community and take a romantic stroll among the lanterns Nov. 25 beginning at 6 p.m.


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