There are two types of farmers markets in Mississippi: certified or not. A certified market has been checked out by the state, and everything sold there is grown or made by the vendor that is selling it.
The Ocean Springs, Long Beach and Gulfport Markets are certified. If you shop at a market that is not certified, there is a good chance what you are buying came from a produce house, not direct from a farm.
I am a big fan of the Ocean Springs Fresh Market, 1000 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, and am there every Saturday. It is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. There are many vendors and what produce and food stuff they have depends on the season, but one of my favorites is P&J Nursery. It is one of two USDA-certified organic farms in this state.
Pam and Jeff Scrimsher offer some of the best produce around, tended to with love and devotion and lots of hard work on their small farm.
This time of the year look for bedding plants, fresh herbs, such as cilantro, sage, dill, tomato plants, basil and fennel. The Scrimshers will happily sell you free-range, organic chicken eggs, but you have got to get there early if you want a dozen or two.
There also are a few sweet potatoes, edible pumpkins and white radish. P&J also carries handmade organic soaps and a great insect repellent.
The Scrimshers also are a great source for information about growing your own garden. They bought their farm in 2010 and have years of experience.