06/23/09

First Hatteras Island Farmers’ Market will be July 7

The non-profit Coastal Harvesters invites North Carolina farmers to participate in the Hatteras Island Farmers’ Market this summer.

“The market will offer high-quality produce and other goods grown in North Carolina,” said Joanne Throne, president of Coastal Harvesters.
Hatteras Island Farmers Market will be held Tuesday mornings this summer from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Fessenden Center on Highway 12 in Buxton. The first market day will be July 7, and the last of the summer season will be on Aug. 18.

“Our state is losing farmers at an astonishing pace, and we hope the marketing opportunities available at the market will contribute to the preservation of North Carolina’s farming heritage and farmlands,” Throne said.

Market organizers emphasized that vendors must be the farmer or the farmer’s agent or relative.

“This won’t be a place for peddlers or wholesalers,” Throne explained. She said that because of Hatteras Island’s proximity to the Tidewater area in Virginia, farmers from within 50 miles of the state border would also be eligible to participate.

While fruits, vegetables, and other foods will be the focal point of the market, a limited number of spaces will be available for artists, artisans, and crafters.

The vendor application and policy manual are available at www.coastalharvesters.org. Interested individuals can contact the organization at info@coastalharvesters.org.

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