Cabarrus

Indoor market extends season

For the first time, Cabarrus County will have an indoor farmer's market.

To celebrate the opening of the market in the former Cannon towel store, the Piedmont Farmers Market will host a Harvest Gala Oct. 20.

The gala will double as a fundraiser for the Piedmont Farmers Market, which plans to use the money to build an addition at the market's main location on Winecoff School Road.

The gala is loosely based on an idea gleaned from other markets across the country, said market manager Lisa Wacheldorf, and it's sure to be a hit for all who attend.

The gala will start after the grand opening of the new indoor market, which is from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at 120 West Ave., Kannapolis. The gala will be from 5 to 8 p.m.

"We've experienced so much growth at our Winecoff site, we're really looking to expand the building for more vendors," said Wacheldorf.

Some people may not associate farmer's markets with winter, Wacheldorf contends there's a lot to be found at winter markets.

"They are there to make a living," she said of the farmers who will be at the winter markets. "I'm hoping customers will turn out and it will be successful for everyone."

Wacheldorf said Market officials just found out about six weeks ago that there would be an opportunity for a winter market. As soon as she was able, she informed farmers so that they could do everything possible to extend planting seasons or even plant more crops.

Besides regular produce found at winter markets, such as potatoes and winter squashes, there will be greenhouse produce and baked goods. Local beef, pork, chicken, eggs and crafts will be for sale, and even caterers offering spreads and holiday bookings.

"When they have a place to sell like this, it really helps out the farmer," said Wacheldorf. And when local customers shop at farmers markets, "it puts the money into the pockets of someone local rather than a Walmart or a grocery store not owned by Americans."

Tickets cost $25 per person and are available online at www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com or on Saturdays at the Winecoff School Road market front desk.

Gala-goers will enjoy music by the Thistledown Tinkers and an "Iron Chef"-type competition. Locally sourced beer and wine also will be for sale.

For more information, call Wacheldorf at 704-425-5559 or David Goforth, extension agent, at 704-920-3320.

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