Support local growers as National Farmers Market Week wraps up Aug. 10

Aug 08, 2013

As National Farmers Market Week wraps up Saturday, Aug. 10, support your favorite local grower by visiting one of Haywood County’s farmers markets. Here’s a reminder of what is in the area.

Canton Farmers Market

When: 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday.

Where: Sorrells Street Park, downtown Canton.

What: Local produce, along with live music, local artists, gardening tips and more.

Contact: 648-7925

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market

When: Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 through Dec. 31

Where: 250 Pigeon Street, Waynesville

What: This indoor and outdoor market features baked goods, cheese and/or dairy products, eggs, honey, fresh fruits and vegetables, soap and more.

Contact: 627-3469

Maggie Valley Farmers Tailgate Market

When: Friday, June through October

Where: 2701 Soco Road, Maggie Valley

What: Fresh produce, plants, flowers and herbs

Contact: 926-1686

Waynesville Tailgate Market

When: Wednesday & Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, mid-May through October

Where: 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville

What: Fresh fruits and vegetables, Haywood-grown only. Some perennials are also available, as well as honey.

Contact: 456-3517

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), local food and direct marketing opportunities, including farmers markets, are one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. The latest Census of Agriculture reveals that direct sales of food products from farmers to individual consumers rose by nearly 50 percent between 2002 and 2007. Worth an estimated $1 billion in 2005, local food sales grew to $4.8 billion in 2007 and nearly $7 billion last year, according to industry estimates.

The USDA publishes a National Farmers Market Directory online at www.farmersmarkets.usda.gov, and North Carolina and Iowa are tied for the tenth spot in a list of the top 10 states that account for over half of all markets listed in the directory.

What’s in season now?

This month, look for vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, eggplant and pumpkins and acorn squash (coming soon). Available fruits include watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, blueberries, and more.

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