At Peachtree Market, ‘buy local’ includes local literature

Donna Earnhardt

Fresh corn and tomatoes won’t be the only local fare offered this Sunday at the Peachtree Market.

Known for its just-picked-from-the-farm produce and locally made goods, the organic grocery will host its first Local Authors’ Day from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 16 in the courtyard of its North Church Street location in Concord.

The free event will feature 18 regional authors, each with stacks of their works that they will sell, sign and discuss.

“It goes along with our mission, because our business supports local businesses,” said store owner Jennifer Newton of the decision to host the event.

The Peachtree Market opened in April 2013 to peddle local meats, dairy, honey, grains and in-season produce from North and South Carolina year-round.

A quick success with residents, the market outgrew its first location at the former Cabarrus Creamery building and moved to a larger suite in the same building within eight months of opening.

Local Authors’ Day is another extension of the market’s effort to pick locally made goods for the community.

The idea came from one of Newton’s employees, Rose Rummel-Eury, who attended a similar authors’ event last spring at the Kannapolis Library.

“There were so many different genres there at once,” said Rummel-Eury. “I really enjoyed being in the room with all of those people.”

Local Authors’ Day at the Peachtree Market will have just as much variety. The works of invited authors include local history, cookbooks, children’s literature, mystery, romance, paranormal and even a joke book.

It will feature first-time published writers like Donna Welch Earnhardt, author of a children’s book called “Being Frank,” as well as prolific ones like retired journalist Helen Arthur-Cornett, whose has written several books on local history.

For some, writing is their living. Michael Eury, Rummel-Eury’s husband, has spent his career writing for comic magazines and as a biographer.

For others, it’s an outlet for the stress of their primary careers. Concord anesthesiologist Frank C. Schwalbe will be at the event to discuss “Toro! An Allie Parsons Novel,” the medical thriller he wrote.

Most of the authors are self-published, although a few have deals with large publishing houses. The majority live in Cabarrus County, while others hail from surrounding counties including Mecklenburg, Rowan, and beyond.

If Local Authors’ Day is a success, Newton said, she would like to begin offering other programing for the community, like a local artists’ day, children’s cooking classes and workshops to teach skills like making everything from smoothies to soaps.

For Rummel-Eury, this first event is an opportunity that will benefit everyone involved: authors, new readers and the community as a whole.

“I support local, especially after working in a local market,” said Rummel-Eury. “The more people who support local, the more your money stays in your own community.”

Lisa Thornton is a freelance writer:

Want to go?

Local Authors’ Day will be 3-6 p.m. Aug. 16 at The Peachtree Market, 363 Church St. N., Concord.

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