Brittney Fitzpatrick is a former staff writer for The Walton Tribune. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Social Circle and Monroe are opening doors for young entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own businesses and allowing them the chance to get their feet wet.

The Monroe Farmers Market has been up and running during the summer months for a few years now and it seems each year brings younger sellers and new, different exciting things to purchase.

Some of the younger adults in the area make jewelry, can their own pickles and other vegetables, and others are working to sell their own different flavors of ciders.

Social Circle is now beginning its very own Farmers Market, which kicked off  May 6. Although not many set up shop, these markets take some time to develop and get off the ground, so hold your head up, Social Circle. It’ll happen.

Monroe kicked off the annual Farmers Market this past weekend, just a day before Mother's Day, allowing people to purchase some last-minute, one-of-a-kind goods.

I personally find this to be a great opportunity to teach children, young adults and even “grown-ups” what it takes to start a successful business.

We live in a time where corner bake sales, yard sales and lemonade stands during the summer are few and far between, with some children never experiencing what it is like to put in the hard work to make something and then sell it for a profit.

I used to have these little bake sales and lemonade stands when I was younger and lived on a military base.

I would spend the day before the sale prepping, baking cookies and brownies and making sure I would have enough to sell to every person who wanted something.

Although I sold the goods for 50 cents per brownie and 25 cents for a cup of lemonade, I remember the excitement as I added up my $5 or $10 of change I had made through work done on my own.

Every person deserves to have this feeling, to know what it feels like to make something and have someone, more times than not a stranger, who appreciates the work and effort you’ve done.

That’s why I think these farmers markets are great.

Not only do you get to see people take pride in the products they are selling, but you get to see them having a great time while doing it.

If interested, come out and see what all the fuss is about!

Brittney Fitzpatrick is a staff writer for The Walton Tribune. Her email address is brittney.fitzpatrick@waltontribune.com

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