The Evening Farmers Market of Statesville

Opening:  April 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Farmers from the Thursday Evening Farmer's Market - Statesville, NC

The evening market was started by a group of local farmers who wanted an afternoon market to sell only their locally grown produce, baked good or crafts. There were originally four vendors at the first market. The fourth said he sold everything before he was able to unload it from his car and set up. So began the Evening Farmers Market in 1999.

Farmers markets were the first "grocery stores." Some nationwide chains, like Whole Foods Market, still say "buy local first."

The reasons:
• local food is higher in nutrients because they are freshly picked
• fuel is saved by less transportation, 
• reduced packaging saving trash from the landfill 
• locally grown means dollars go directly to the grower.

Statesville is a very unique community. We're fortunate to have many surrounding farmers and opportunities to purchase directly from them. (Many larger cities, for example Savannah, only has one market day a week.) 
By getting to know the farmer you can learn how the produce is grown and recipes for cooking them. 
Shopping locally benefits all and is truly a beneficial shopping experience.