The popularity of farmers markets in North Carolina is increasing, surpassing 130 in operation according to NC Market Ready. Local markets offer customers fresh, locally produced foods including fruits and vegetables, meat products, eggs, artisan cheese, honey, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, plants and much more. Farmers markets not only provide fresh, healthy foods for customers, but they also support the local economy. The Stanly County Farmers’ Market is seeking vendors for the 2011 season. Food products must be grown within a 100 mile radius of Albemarle or they must be Got to be NC certified. Vendors selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, or related products will be required to have an annual farm visit by a NC Cooperative Extension Staff member.
Interested Farmers and producers are encouraged to participate in the annual vendor planning meeting scheduled for Monday, April 4, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center. Please call 704-983-3987 to register if you plan on attending this meeting. Prior to the meeting, a NC Dept. of Agriculture state scale inspector will be at the Extension office inspecting scales that vendors plan to use to sell produce at the local farmers’ market. This is an annual requirement for all vendors using scales to ensure they meet standards and are accurate. Scale inspections will be done from 5:00-7:00 p.m. You do not need an appointment time, but may need to be prepared to wait depending on volume of vendors participating.
The Stanly County Farmers’ Market opening day is Saturday, April 16, 2011 featuring the annual plant sale. New hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon Saturdays only in April and May. During the months of June, July and August, the market will operate on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Hours will remain the same for both days of the week. If you have questions about the Stanly County Farmers’ Market or would like a copy of the 2011 Market rules, please call NC Cooperative Extension at 704-983-3987 or Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation (ADDC) at 704-984-9415.