Karen Padgett from the Health Department has put together a Farmers Market and Wednesday, July the 16th is the kickoff!! It is a “mini” market, as will have about half a dozen producers, including youth from CASTLES school who are in their third year of production and established farmers from Wayne County; it is “mobile” as will set up in a parking lot for the afternoon. Check out and distribute the flyer for 1st market!
CASTLES School Farm- tomatoes, okra, corn
Cox Farms- watermelon, cantaloupes, squash, peppers, cucumbers
Martin Farms- snap peas, Dixie Lee peas, red potatoes, squash, yellow corn
Jarred & Zaria’s Organics- All Organic items. Sweet potato pie, blueberry
pie, pecan pie, sweet peppers, banana peppers, cayenne peppers,
collards, sweet corn, onions, homemade lemonade
MP Cooper- Mile High Hot Sauce
Markets like this are popping up tents all across the State. Last weekend I went Farmers’ Markets hoping with John O’Sullivan, from NC A&T University in Greensboro, one of the partners of Goldsboro’s CEFS (Center for Environmental Farming Systems).
University Mall Market in Chapel Hill is set up on the edge of the parking, and has about twenty venders selling everything from meat and eggs to produce and flowers. This was a rainy day.
The North Hills Market in Raleigh is right in the center of the walking part of the mall, so gets the benefit of mall landscaping.
What you need? A bag or basket of your own is a great thing to have, as is a cooler if you are going to shop on your lunch hour and take home produce after work. Soft, carry coolers can serve both functions, as long as you don’t squish your tomatoes!
Tomatoes and Watermelon cut up and tossed in a vinegar and oil dressing with diced herbs (try basil or mint!) makes a new and different salad that is beautiful and yummy.
Watermelon is rich in Arginine, an amino acid that boosts the immune system and helps increase blood circulation. But both tomatoes and, recently, watermelon have been dubbed “Lycopene kings”: Lycopene has anti-oxidant properties and protects the heart, prostate, and skin, AND is best absorbed when mixed with a little oil. So chop and toss!!
Who’s going to post pictures of the market after next week, and share a recipe they used?? Looking forward to good stories of farmers and food!!