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Toi Degree: Come out and enjoy the Farmers Market

Extension agent

Have you visited the Farmers’ Market this year? If your answer is no, then you need to stop by to visit our farmers, but more importantly, to pick up some local produce.

The Salisbury Farmers’ Market is at 115 S. Jackson St., which is on the corner of South Jackson and West Fisher Streets in historic downtown Salisbury, right across from the Rowan Public Library.

There a lot going on at the market; this is the place to get some great locally grown produce and a wonderful way to support our farmers and local foods.

You never know what will be going on there —it could be music, food demonstrations or competitions. You will always find something:  meats (beef and pork), eggs, baked goods, jams, tomatoes, flowers, berries, melons, squash, cucumber, peaches, peppers, green beans, potatoes, onion, okra, zucchini, sweet corn, seafood, pimento cheese, chicken salad, soaps, and so much more.

Not only will you find the freshest produce, but you just might run into someone you know and get the chance to have a cup of coffee from Mean Mug Coffee Shop. The Salisbury Farmers’ Market is the social scene, and the farmers are very helpful and love to share their recipes and suggestions for how to use the produce you purchase.

While visiting here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Do remember to wash your produce before consuming.
  2. Do remember to bring your own bag; vendors may not always have bags available.  When selecting bags, choose those that are reusable and can be laundered.
  3. Do enjoy samples, and try new things — ask for a recipe if you’re not sure how to prepare something.
  4. Do ask the farmer questions to get acquainted with their production methods.
  5. Do show your appreciation for the farmers, and recognize the value of their products.
  6. Do bring a cooler with ice for your purchases if it is a particularly hot day and you are not going straight home; this will keep your produce cool and prevent wilting.
  7. Don’t forget to bring cash.  Although some vendors accept EBT/SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMNP vouchers, few accept debit or credit cards.
  8. Don’t bring your pet to the market; this is a food safety precaution for everyone.
  9. Don’t buy so much produce that you will not be able to consume it all before it spoils.
  10. Don’t purchase a lot of really ripe produce, such as melons that need to be eaten immediately.  Purchase produce at different stages of ripeness so it will give you time to eat some now and some later.

I hope to see you at the market; hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.  Join us on Saturday for our first Jr. Market Chef Competition. Come see our youth cook and compete for bragging rights as the first Jr. Market Chef.

For more information, contact Toi N. Degree, Family & Consumer Education Agent, at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office (704-216-8970) or attoi_degree@ncsu.edu

 

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