Farmers' Market, Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Joe Mabel
The recent growth of farmers’ markets across Appalachia is part of the effort of mountain farmers to survive in a national market dominated by large-scale agribusiness. The Department of Agriculture identifies more than 800 farmers’ markets throughout the region. One of the most notable is the Western North Carolina Farmers’ Market in Asheville begun in 1977. Shoppers flock to farmers’ markets for produce that is locally grown and superior in freshness, variety and often in price to that found in supermarket chains. Many buyers feel they are benefiting their local community. For the farmer it means direct access to the consumer and the opportunity to sell their goods at retail prices. Farmers’ markets are in the mountain tradition of self-sufficiency and barter which has kept communities strong.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables Heirloom fruits and vegetables are those that have been preserved in families and communities over long periods of time. They different from modern varieties in two ways. They are […]
- Fruit Orchards Fruit has long been an important staple of the Appalachian diet. Early pioneers found wild crabapples, black cherries, plums, persimmons, paw paws, as well as peaches that had been […]
- Apples Apples are a traditional and valuable part of our heritage in North Carolina. The most popular varieties nationwide--Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala--are grown here. In the […]
- Bee Keeping The practice of bee keeping entered Appalachia with the earliest European settlers, and honey was a prized sweetener long before granulated sugar was available. As late as the mid-20th […]
- Cornbread Cornbread is a staple in the Appalachian diet. Introduced to the corn plant by Native Americans, European settlers in the New World quickly adopted it for its ease of cultivation, it’s […]