Support local growers as National Farmers Market Week wraps up Aug. 10
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.
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.
Maggie Valley Farmers Tailgate Market
When: Friday, June through October
Where: 2701 Soco Road, Maggie Valley
What: Fresh produce, plants, flowers and herbs
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.
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.