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Market Day - August 4 2020

The last market of 2020! This Tuesday.

10 years ago a small group at Shades Valley Community Church was sitting around discussing what it means to be made in the image of God. After reading the very first chapter of the Bible where the first thing God mentions in relationship to being made in His image was that we (humans) would be responsible for taking care of the land, animals and the earth itself.

Genesis 1:26-28 God spoke: 
    “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
    reflecting our nature 
    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
    the birds in the air, the cattle,
    And, yes, Earth itself,
    and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
    God created human beings;
    he created them godlike,
    Reflecting God’s nature.
    He created them male and female.
    God blessed them:
    “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
    Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
    for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

We began to realize that none of us felt any connection to taking care of the land, animals or the earth! At least not intentionally. A gentleman by the name of Ron Pate taught us that God has created good things and we should be asking the question, "What is Good" versus focusing on all the bad in the world. In discovering the good that God has created, we can often easily get involved in what He's already created. As it relates to where we landed, God created a sustainable world and we should be champions of taking care of it. No, this doesn't make us tree huggers nor do we worship the earth... but as Christians we have been commanded to take care of the earth! This is what our small group set-out to do when we started the West Homewood Farmer's Market. In some ways, we've made a dent in accomplishing this goal, in so many other ways we have fallen short.

On a personal note, my name is Kenyon Ross and I (along with a team of volunteers) set-out to become champions of this call on our lives. We also wanted to use our space (our church) as a third-space where people who had different beliefs than us could come together and enjoy getting to know each other. We committed to not having religion or politics represented at the market as an effort to make this space possible. The market doesn't allow anyone to be a vendor that doesn't make or produce something - including churches, ministries, or politicians.

It's been 10 years this summer and I (Kenyon) will be stepping down as the market manager. It's been an amazing run and I've been blessed beyond measure to be involved in such an adventure. I want to thank all the volunteers, the church, the West Homewood community, the city officials and so many others. The market will go on and I will now enjoy it as a patron.

Normall,y, the last market of the season we would co-host the market with the City of Homewood rescue departments for Homewood National Night Out. Due to COVID, the city has decided to not to hold the National Night Out this summer.

Come see us this Tuesday, the last market of the season. The market is open from 5 pm to 8 pm and will feature the Black Sedan Band from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The market is located at 160 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, Alabama 35209 and features farms, arts and crafts, breads, baked goods, food trucks, and live entertainment.


Interactive Vendor Map

Find out who's going to be at the market by clicking our interactive vendor map. The map will show you who's going to be at the market as well as their contact information.

For a complete Vendor List go here.


This Week's Live Entertainment:


Based in Birmingham, AL, Black Sedan Band covers the songs that you love to sing and dance to. The band is a perfect choice to ignite a party or event. The rhythm section is "second to none" and a flashy horn section will energize any audience. The soulful vocals may have you thinking that you are listening to the real artist.

Come hear them play on Tuesday night from 6 pm to 8 pm.

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