Local Food Season Heats Up

The Highland Farmers Market kicked off the 2015 season on May 29 with vendors selling the freshest in early-season produce, meat and eggs.  The Highland Center has a full season planned with demonstrations, live entertainment and activities for children.  SNAP Benefits are accepted.  The Market will be open each Friday, June through September, from 3:30 to 6 pm at The Highland Center pavilion.

While gardens are just coming into production, The Highland Center has been working to connect consumers with local foods throughout the year.  The Center recently hosted two workshops to teach farmers about direct marketing opportunities, and the Center’s Faces of Farmers website is expanding to include more farms and local food outlets.  The Maple Festival in March was a prime time to showcase local foods among the thousands of tourists that came through Highland.  This year the Center’s annual lamb and beef dinners included meat, produce, syrup and eggs from nine local farms.

The Center is also leading a project to expand farmers’ markets in the Alleghany Highlands Region through a USDA Farmers’ Market Promotion Program.  Participating Markets include:

Bath County Farmers Market: Open Saturdays, June through September from 9 am- 1 pm at Natural Retreats Park in downtown Hot Springs.  Accepting SNAP Benefits with a 1:1 match provided by Bath Community Hospital.

Pocahontas County Farmers Market: Three locations.  Greenbank: Wednesdays 3 pm – 6 pm at Henry’s Quick Stop; Linwood: Fridays 3:30 – 6 pm at Linwood Library; Marlinton: Saturdays 8 am – noon near Frist Avenue Mini Park.

Pendleton County Farmers Market: Opened in 2014 and continually adding new vendors.  Saturdays 8 am – noon at the Treasure Mountain Festival building.

As part of the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, The Highland Center is offering a scholarship position for a Farmers’ Market intern.  The intern will earn $1,000 toward education expenses by working with Center staff for six hours per week during the summer with tasks that include assistance at the Market each Friday and help with youth gardening projects.  Call (540) 468-1922 or email farmersmarket@htcnet.org for more information.

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