In 1829, Livingston, Mississippi, was bustling. It was the largest city in Madison County, and vacationers and locals alike flocked to the town for its natural springs, large plantations and enchanting town square, beautifully wrapped in cedar trees. Over time, people moved away, and the town eventually lost its charter. But it never lost its charm.
David knew he was rebuilding a special place, but he had to get the word out. “I wanted to bring people out and tell them we were going to rebuild this town. People would look at me funny,” laughs David. In order to draw a crowd, David started the Livingston Farmer’s Market.
The Farmer’s Market has truly become a wonderful community event. David laughs, “Initially, we did not know if people would come. And we didn’t know how long they would stay. They will literally come out, and not want to leave!” Kellis Moore, the mastermind behind the market, adds, “People bring their families, friends and extended families. It has been incredible really. Now that the town is off the ground this year, people visit the restaurants and sweet shop after the market. It’s been really fun.”
Though this is the final Farmer’s Market this summer, Livingston will continue inviting folks out for monthly Thursday night events. There is talk of movies on the square, street parties, and more.
It’s an exciting time for Mississippi. We encourage you all to visit tomorrow’s Farmer’s Market, and experience the magical Town of Livingston!
For more information on the Town of Livingston, visit their website here! You can also view the Farmer's Market Facebook page here!