Elisha’s travels landed him in Cape Cod where he worked in the restaurant business for a few decades. Elisha Williams never forgot his roots though. When Mississippi called his heart, he came back home and picked up where he left off.
With the help of his wife, Elisha farms a plot of land just outside Cleveland just as he did as a youngster. He has tilled soil all his life, and the move back home allowed him to perfect his craft. “I just like to do it for the community. Young people look at this stuff, and they don’t know what it is or what to do with it. I like to educate those young folks and tell them they can make the best dinner with this right here,” he said pointing to his table of freshness. “I just want them to learn to respect their bodies and the land the way my mother and father taught me.”
Over the years, Elisha has farmed everything from peppers and corn to okra and eggplant. He picks his fruits and vegetables the night before or the morning of the market. This is his third season at Greenville’s Farmers’ Market, but he has been making the rounds at other area markets for the last several years. Elisha says he isn’t afraid to try growing anything new, because Lord willing, the harvest will come.
Come find Elisha, his wife, and his favorite hat 8 am-noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays, May-September, 734 Washington Avenue, Downtown Greenville.
Daniel Boggs, CEO of Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association, Inc. and Greater Greenville Development Foundation, Inc./Main Street Greenville (hereinafter referred to collectively as “Greater Greenville”), names Deanne New the organizations’ Marketing Coordinator.
“We are very excited to have Deanne join the Greater Greenville team. In this position, Deanne will help us expand our online presence which has become increasingly vital in serving our community in recent months. Her skill set, experience and knowledge will be great assets to our organization, and I look forward to working with her to further advance our mission and services.” Boggs said of the hire.
An alumnus of Mississippi State, Deanne comes to Greater Greenville from Regions Bank where she was Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager in Leland. “I am excited about the programs and events GGHRA and Main Street manage and am proud to be a part of their positive impacts on our community.”
Deanne and her husband Kris reside in Glen Allan. They have two children and are members of Glen Allan Methodist Church. Deanne is a board member for United Way Washington County and co-instructor for the WCEA’s Leadership Washington County program.
The Greater Greenville organizations are two independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations. The mission of Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association, Inc. is to develop, provide and promote safe, affordable, and decent housing in conjunction with a focus on designing, researching, and/or promoting revitalization activities within Washington County. Main Street Greenville is a division of the Greater Greenville Development Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to the preservation and economic redevelopment of downtown Greenville. Main Street is also the event organizer of the Delta Hot Tamale Festival, Fourth of July Fireworks Show, Greenville Farmers’ Market, and Greenville Christmas Parade. Combined, the programs of Greater Greenville greatly contribute to the economic vitality of the region.
Like most of our vendors, Teresa was taught by a grandmother and great aunt the splendors of raising a garden. Like most youngsters, Teresa found other ways to spend her time.
“It didn’t take the first time,” says Teresa thinking back to her childhood.
However, as an adult, Teresa has a newfound appreciation for fresh fruits and vegetables. As a Greenville Farmers’ Market vendor for over 5 years, Teresa has recalled the lessons she learned from her grandmother and great aunt by networking with other farmers.
Over the past few years, she has tried several things, but some of her staples are onions, peppers, and squash. Come see Teresa every Wednesday and Saturday to see what she has available!
The Greenville Farmers' Market is open 8 am- noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays, May-September. It is located at 734 Washington Avenue, downtown Greenville.
As a child, Frank Cole learned his gardening skills from his father. He and his 11 siblings worked the family land in Shaw raising a variety of fruits and vegetables. Once harvested, Frank would walk door to door in surrounding communities, including Greenville, selling his bounty.
Today, Frank continues to work the same land in Shaw that his father bought in the 40s with his wife Linda. After retiring in 2011 from USG, Frank went straight back to the garden, but instead of going door to door, Frank and Linda now sell their goods at the Greenville Farmers’ Market.
Together they own F&L Produce, raising watermelons, peas, beans, okra, squash, corn, and so much more in the same soil the Coles have tilled for the better part of a century. There isn’t much their hard work and faith can’t produce.
“I’ve been doing it all my life, but when I retired, I started coming to the market in Greenville,” Frank said, “I just love growing what people want. That’s what we enjoy.”
Linda has also always been around a garden. She was quick to love her husband’s hobby upon his retirement, “we just love growing anything. It’s good to see people smile for something you grew. We are blessed.”
Linda has also taken the lessons she learned as a child and cans several of the vegetables they harvest. Each week she brings a variety of pickled vegetables including okra and cucumbers, honey, and chow-chow, to the Greenville Market with their fresh items.
Frank and Linda would love to meet you! Introduce yourself the next time you are downtown on Wednesday or Saturday morning and pick up your favorite garden-fresh treat. You won’t be sorry!
The Greater Greenville organization is proud to announce Daniel Boggs has received one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2020 Top CEO of Mississippi Awards. The award is one of Mississippi’s most prestigious award programs and acknowledges the state’s CEOs who have helped their companies achieve strong growth and success as well as having made a profound impact on their company and community.
This honor comes on the heels of Boggs being awarded the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2019 Top 50 Under 40 program’s Top 10 Finalist. While both award programs strive to recognize key leaders in various business fields, the CEO Awards of Mississippi recognizes honorees in the categories of Nonprofit CEOs, Rising Stars, Large Companies, Medium Companies, and Small Companies.
The Mississippi Business Journal honored this year’s recipients at a special breakfast at the Old Capital Inn in Downtown Jackson on January 30, 2020. In regards to the award, Boggs said “It is a sincere honor to be recognized as one of the top Mississippi CEOs by such an esteemed publication. This award is a true reflection of the hard work of our Board of Directors and staff, who are dedicated to serving the needs of our community and positively impacting the livelihood of so many residents within the Mississippi Delta. I am honored to lead such a wonderful organization”.
Boggs joined the Greater Greenville organization as CEO on June 11, 2012. Over the past eight years, the Greater Greenville organization has experienced tremendous growth in its programs and services to the greater Greenville community. Doug Wade, President of the Greater Greenville Board said, “Greater Greenville has flourished under Daniel Boggs' leadership. During his tenure as CEO, our organization has built a 42-unit flagship development, The Reserves at Gray Park, purchased and rehabilitated Cypress Pointe Apartments, and updated and refreshed its existing housing developments. Greater Greenville now has 138 units under management. Daniel continues to seek out opportunities for our organization, and I expect further great announcements in the near future. I congratulate him on the well-deserved honor of being recognized as one of Mississippi's Top CEOs by the Mississippi Business Journal."
About Daniel Boggs
Daniel Boggs is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association, Inc., Greater Greenville Development Foundation, Inc., and Main Street Greenville. All three (3) organizations are Mississippi based 501(c)(3) Community Development Corporations which focus on a variety of relevant issues and/or projects that promote and increase the quality of life for Delta residents. Mr. Boggs’ entire professional career has been dedicated to community, residential and commercial planning and development in the public, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. Before coming to Greenville in 2012, Mr. Boggs served as an original team member in the Office of Recovery for the state of Mississippi which developed and implemented housing programs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Over the past sixteen (16) years, Mr. Boggs has managed over Five Hundred Thirty-Nine Million Dollars ($539,000,000.00) in federal, state, and private funding for various types of community enhancement projects. He is a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture.
Main Street Greenville is one of five Main Street associations in the Delta to receive 2020 National Main Street Accreditation.
Main Street Greenville is one of five Main Street associations in the Delta to receive 2020 National Main Street Accreditation. Click the certificate below to read more on Mississippi Main Street Association's!
Main Street Greenville Releases Delta Hot Tamale Festival Vendor Applications
Main Street Greenville has released applications for the Delta Hot Tamale Festival food and craft vendors.
Organizers are continuing preparations for the festival slated for October 15-17, 2020 while still being mindful of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are continually monitoring restrictions and guidelines for community events as released by our local and state governments. We are adding several measures to ensure the health and safety of this year’s festival-goers and are prepared to cancel if another spike occurs,” said Main Street Greenville’s Programs Director Gretchen Giachelli when asked how COVID-19 was effecting this year’s plans.
As a subsidiary of the Greater Greenville Development Foundation, the Main Street Greenville organization partners with the city, county, and local businesses to strengthen the area through various programs, projects, and events.
While the Delta Hot Tamale Festival is only one event produced by Main Street Greenville, its contribution to the community has one of the largest impacts.
Daniel Boggs, CEO of Greater Greenville Development Foundation says the Delta Hot Tamale Festival’s role in supporting area businesses is very much needed, “A recent study showed the Delta Hot Tamale Festival injects approximately $5.2 million into the community annually. If we can safely continue with the festival, the revenue generated for local businesses could be particularly vital this year.”
The Delta Hot Tamale Festival brings approximately 17,000 visitors to the Greenville area annually. While this year’s attendance could be lower, Visit Mississippi is hoping the Festival will be the first major festival of the season. Wesley Smith, Executive Director of the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, a Visit Mississippi Association, sees the Delta Hot Tamale Festival as a way to move forward.
“With Main Street Greenville’s keen awareness of safety precautions guidelines, this year’s event could set the benchmark for similar events wishing to resume in the state.” Smith added, “the Delta Hot Tamale Festival has been a positive boost to Washington County year over year. It attracts visitors who eat, stay, and shop at our local restaurants, hotels, and stores.”
For vendor applications, please visit www.MainStreetGreenville.com or contact Gretchen at 662-378-3121
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July 4th Fireworks Cancelled
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the City of Greenville Council Members, Washington County Board of Supervisors, and Main Street Greenville have collectively agreed to cancel this year’s 4th of July fireworks celebration downtown. The three organizations considered alternatives that would allow us to safely proceed during this time, but ultimately, we agreed that the health and wellness of our citizens should remain the top priority despite the popularity of the fireworks show.
With this donation, Interim Director Elizabeth Alexander says the library hopes to enhance the Writer’s Exhibit, a literary expo of Greenville’s most storied authors. As a stop on the American Queen Steamboat’s Mississippi River cruise, the Writer’s Exhibit attracts thousands of visitors seeking the roots of Greenville’s literary fathers.
The funds for this donation were generated from last year's Delta Hot Tamale Festival, an event that highlights, promotes, and celebrates regional artists, musicians, authors, and southern food vendors. A recent economic impact study of the Delta Hot Tamale Festival shows that this event injects approximately $5.2 million into the local market each year. This boost is generated by the nearly 25,000 attendees, of which over 17,000 of those attending were considered visitors to Greenville.
The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is one of many programs Main Street Greenville produces each year in an effort to promote and advance the revitalization efforts of downtown Greenville. Main Street Greenville recognizes the importance of preserving our rich literary culture and is proud to help the Percy Library maintain that legacy.