News molecule: Farmers market coming to N.C. Research Campus

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Editor’s note: News Molecules are designed to give readers occasional tidbits of information about the N.C. Research Campus.
By Emily Ford
Salisbury Post
KANNAPOLIS ó People who work in and near Cannon Village will have easy access to locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies this summer when the N.C. Research Campus opens a farmers market.
The market is tentatively planned for Thursday evenings in a parking lot on West Avenue, starting in May.
“We think that will also be a good way to educate folks about the value of eating healthy,” said Phyllis Beaver, marketing director for the Research Campus.
The $1.5 billion biotech center, under construction in downtown Kannapolis, is focused on improving health and nutrition. The centerpiece Core Laboratory Building should open in June.
In addition to fruits, vegetables and other locally grown products, the farmers market could even include entertainment, said Tara Vogelien, the director for business and research administration at the N.C. State Fruit & Vegetable Science Institute in Kannapolis.
The market won’t operate on weekends to avoid competing with well-established area farmers markets, Vogelien said.