The weekend’s getting closer, so I know you’re making plans to do your Saturday farmer’s market rounds. Here’s news from a bunch of nearby places:
New projects for Common Grounds: Socially active shoppers in Charlotte know the Common Grounds farm stand. It’s been located on the porch of the lovely old building at 119 Huntley Place, near Providence and Queens roads, for several years, where sales raise money for the Urban Ministry Center.
▪ This summer, it has lost its location. The building has been sold and is expected to be demolished. Paige James, one of the market coordinators, says they’re taking a hiatus this summer while they regroup and figure out what happens next. In the meantime, they’ve started a new program to collect donations (both money and items) to make a Welcome Home kit for Urban Ministry’s Housing First Initiative. Welcome Home kits include the basic things that someone who has been homeless needs to set up housekeeping: Dishes, flatware, cookware, a dust mop, all that stuff you round up when you get your own place.
▪ Since people have to drop off donations, some of the children of market volunteers are going to run a lemonade stand with baked goods where you can spend a little money that also will go to help people getting out of homelessness. They’re also considering doing neighborhood pop-up markets through the summer.
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▪ If you want to help with a Welcome Home kit, find the lemonade stand or keep in touch with other market activities, James says the best way is through commongroundsfarmstand.org. You can sign up on the email list and get Welcome Home details there.
Market updates in York County, S.C.: Janet Wojcik of Winthrop University, the grants chair of Eat Smart Move More York County and chair of the Access to Health Foods subcommittee, sent me a list of several market updates in her area:
▪ The Old Town Market in Rock Hill has used a Healthy South Carolina grand to get a SNAP/EBT system, so that market now accepts those food assistance benefits.
▪ The Clover farmers’ market is now open, from 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays (weather permitting) in the parking lot behind the Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St. Details call Barbara Denny, 803-222-9495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ The Downtown York Farmers Market is now open, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Market manager is Susan Wagner, 803-684-0404.
▪ Fort Mill won’t have a market this year. They’re looking for a new location.
Use our market list: Finally, don’t forget that we have a searchable list of farmers markets and pick-your-own farms in Charlotte and the surrounding counties. Go to www.charlotteobserver.com/food-drink and you’ll find links at the top of the page. Or you can get them on your mobile device by going here for markets and here for farms.