Hernando Farmers Market finalist for Pinnacle Award 

The Hernando Farmers Market was selected as a statewide finalist for the Sales and Marketing Professionals’ (SMP) Mississippi Pinnacle Awards. 

The Hernando Farmers Market was honored at an awards gala at Lake Terrace Convention  Center on April 11 in Hattiesburg. The event featured a black-tie optional seated dinner and live entertainment to celebrate the 2023 finalists. The Mississippi Pinnacle Awards honor excellence, professionalism, and outstanding achievement in sales, marketing, and community engagement and showcases the highest level of public relations talent in the state. 

The Hernando Farmers Market was created to provide local agriculturalists with a retail outlet  for their products while improving the health of the community and growing the local economy  through agriculture. 

“Last season the Farmers Market grew to more than 80 vendors and had in  excess of $600,000 in sales that went directly into the hands of our local farmers and  entrepreneurs,” said Hernando Community and Economic Development Director, Gia Matheny. 

The Farmers Market attracts families and senior citizens, with events targeted toward each.  Children’s Days take place on the last Saturday of each month and encourage healthy eating at  an early age, and the Senior Citizen Day, monthly on the third Saturday of each month, makes  space for seniors to socialize and improve their health. 

The market partners with the City of  Hernando’s “Dickens of a Christmas” to host their holiday market which launched four years ago and has become an event that vendors and visitors look forward to each year. 

SMP is a state-wide organization of owners, managers, and account executives  involved in sales and marketing. Membership includes professionals from all fields of  businesses, including banks, media, real estate, medical, retail, tourism, law, academics, and  more. 

The Pinnacle Awards event also featured Miss Mississippi Hospitality 2022, Hannah Grace Crain of Hernando.

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