The market also sells Amish-made products (pepper jelly, cane syrup, butter, cheese, cottage hams and summer sausage), Pennington Farms Mississippi Wildflower Honey, vegetable soup stock, chow chow, pickles, canned tomatoes, homemade jams and jellies, fresh brown eggs, and a variety of potted plants and flowers.
Berry passed away at age 89 in 2018, but Marcie Bullock, Berry's niece, still works at the market. She attributes the stand's enormous success during the pandemic to the fact that with people at home, more and more people now have time to cook.
"I'd guess our business has doubled," Bullock says. "More people are cooking now, and they want fresh and local. They don't necessarily want to go to the grocery store, and they enjoy the people and the open-air market here."
Doris Berry's son John and daughter-in-law Brenda are at the market most days, relaxing in rocking chairs and adding to the friendly atmosphere. "It's all about customer service," John says.
Before retiring, John was a farmer, so the family knows supporting local farmers is important.
"We do it for the people," Brenda Bullock explains. "Like Doris, we know that the customers are more than customers. We know their families. We just come here and spend all day talking to friends."
Doris Berry Farmers Market (3615 Highway 80 E., Pearl) is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, find the market on Facebook. Michele D. Baker is a travel writer and photographer. For more on her work, visit MicheleDBaker.com.