The Village Green locally grown farmer’s market opens soon

Choose the food less traveled at Locally Grown On the Green, Cashiers farm stand market for local growers beginning May 22.

The market is “producer only” meaning that the vendor must be the grower or producer of ALL the products they sell. Vendors must produce within a 125-mile radius of Cashiers. That means that the season for each fruit and vegetable is longer.

This is the fourth season The Village Green has hosted Locally Grown and the idea was spurned by people asking The Village Green Executive Director Ann Self to begin a farmer’s market.

“Over the years it has grown in popularity with both vendors and customers,” said Self. “It’s great watching the community happen around the market, it fosters relationships and bridges demographics.”

Shopping at the Locally Grown On the Green market provides a forum for learning how food is grown, who grew it, and why it tastes so good. The Village Green sponsors this annual market as part of its mission to enrich the lifestyle and lives in the Cashiers community.

“It’s the DNA of the The Village Green, we’re a green space but we also create community,” said Self.

Fill your basket with naturally raised meat and dairy items, fresh eggs, jams, pickles, freshly baked bread and delicious granola. Set your table with fresh cut flowers that morning or plant your entryway with locally grown perennials.

Always fresh. Always local. Locally Grown On the Green is open during the growing season from 3-6 p.m. every Wednesday at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road next to the Cashiers Post Office. Special market events are planned throughout summer. Be sure to visit and “Like” The Village Green on Facebook (CashiersGreen) to keep current with vendor information and market news.

Article by Brian O’Shea
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