Calling all farmers: Dig Into Local Show at WNC Farmers Market-April 9

WNC Farmers,

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is showcasing local farmers and a variety of WNC food products with the “Dig into Local” show at the WNC Farmers Market on Saturday, April 9th 11 am – 3 pm. Farmers can stay later if they would like. The tent will be set up all day. Please register on the attached application so we know how many tables to have and the size tent to use. This event to promote NC local foods is made possible with funds from the Golden Leaf Foundation.

A table will be provided for each farmer/organization at the show - no charge. Please bring all other marketing materials (i.e. brochures, display boards, banners, product, etc.) and product samples, if available, to advertise your farm or agricultural products. This preseason event is an opportunity to introduce the farmers to the consumers so that the customers have a greater awareness of where to buy fresh, local food and can connect the farmers with the food.

Any farmers or farm related organizations in the surrounding areas who sell directly to consumers via road side stand, CSA, and/or “pick¬ your own”, or farmers who are interested in expanding their retail and wholesale markets, are eligible to participate. This event will offer education, exposure, and outreach for NC products as well as potentially increase sales opportunities for farmers in local markets with fruits, vegetables, plants, fiber products, meats, seafood and dairy. Additionally, the event will focus on drawing in consumers from surrounding counties to further emphasize buying local and the chefs from area restaurants will be invited to scope out the products and help promote NC products in restaurants.

This showcase of WNC local products is being held in conjunction with the BBQ Cook¬-Off & Bluegrass Jam at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville and the “Jam” is known to attract large crowds of people from the local and surrounding communities. In fact, in past years the BBQ Cook¬-Off & Bluegrass Jam has attracted as many as 10,000 people.

If interested, and to get an application, please contact Dee Bartlett, NCDA&CS Marketing Specialist, at dee.bartlett@ncagr.gov  or 919.707.3106.

Information provided by Debra Sloan, Agribusiness Development & Aquaculture Consultant, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, 208 Sugar Cove Road, Franklin, NC 28734. 
debrasloan@earthlink.net Phone & Fax - 828.524.1264

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