Fresh. Local. All-natural. Homemade. Organic.Tucked into a little park in downtown Mount Pleasant, you’ll find all of the above. All those words describe products found at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market.For a few years now, the town of Mount Pleasant has offered local farmers and vendors the opportunity to sell their goods in town twice a week. By all accounts, the market and the crowds have improved each year.The folks from Muddy Boots Farm have been coming to Mount Pleasant from the beginning, providing those staples of farmers’ markets: fresh produce. Kent Lowder said he’s been selling a lot of lettuce, broccoli and arugula, thanks to the cool, damp weather. But those are “just about played out now,” he said, and he’s starting to get green beans, corn, okra and potatoes. Tomatoes, Lowder said, are by far the most popular item at the market, and his greenhouse has been supplying him with plenty. All his produce is picked on the day it’s sold, or sometimes on the day before. so everything is bright and fresh.The variety of goods available at the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market has really helped all the vendors, Lowder said. He sees folks stop by for a loaf of homemade bread, and then they can’t resist one of those shiny red tomatoes from his table.The bread comes from another regular at the Mount Pleasant market: Fair Meadow Bakes. Pat Gaddis offers a variety of breads and scones, with all-natural, fresh ingredients, baked in a brick oven. Keep an eye on the Fair Meadow Bakes Facebook page, where Gaddis informs followers what she’s baking and where she’ll be selling each week.If you want something to spread on your bread, you can stop and see Earl Almond, who sells syrup, jellies and jams, along with fresh berries. Blackberries have been selling well, Almond said, pointing out that everyone wants fresh berries. The shelf life of a berry is just three to four days, he said. So if you consider what has to be done to berries that are shipped across country, fresh, local ones are a much better alternative. And the time for fresh berries is now, because once the temperature gets up around 100 degrees they don’t fare so well.Carolyn Davis of Natural Spring Farm is new this year to the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market. She sells all-natural, antibiotic- and steroid-free, locally processed beef and pork, as well as free-range eggs. Davis likes to offer samples, so she’s usually there cooking up sausage for folks to try. She loves the market in Mount Pleasant with its small-town feeling and convenient hours.The Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market operates from April to December, twice a week: 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. It’s on Main Street in the mini-park near N.C. 73. For more information on the market and vendors, visit the town’s website: www.townofmountpleasantnc.org.
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013
Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market offers more than just produce
Marcia Morris is a freelance columnist. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com.
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