The “Grow Newberry” Farmers Market is doing just that – growing.
The 2012 season of the Grow Newberry Farmers Market has brought some new and exciting changes.
The Newberry Master Gardeners were recently awarded a grant by the USDA to improve market materials, providing incentives to boost our economy, while encouraging healthy, fresh eating.
Earlier in the year, it was decided the 2012 season would provide two separate markets at two different locations. Providing two markets is allowing for a wider availability for busy schedules.
Tuesday markets are open from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds on Adelaide Street. ‘
The Saturday markets are held downtown in Memorial Square from 8:30 – 11 a.m.
The opening day for the Tuesday market, had 22 vendors attending with a large variety of goods available, all originating from Newberry County.
Backyard gardeners to larger farms provided fresh produce, honey, and eggs – including one vendor that accepts SNAP vouchers.
Fruit trees, fresh herbs and flowers were also on hand.
The handmade soaps, jewelry and crocheted purses added an extra touch of flare.
Patrons were also able to observe 4-H member Eli Epting, demonstrate the process of making biodegradable pots out of everyday home items.
As always, the Newberry Master Gardeners were on hand to answer (free of charge) gardener questions, and provide information sheets.
If you have gardening questions, need a quick stop for supper supplies, or simply want to meet the grower of your food – it’s definitely the place to go.