Organic and sustainable gardening is growing by leaps and bounds nationally, and a local group dedicated to the popular practice is bringing a farmers market to Columbia County.
The Evans Towne Farmers Market will begin offering fresh produce, eggs, meat, dairy, nut and bread products on March 7 at the Columbia County Library in Evans. Market sponsor Augusta Locally Grown is asking farmers, gardeners, artisans, sponsors and performers to contact them.
“This new farmers market is yet another way for us to connect local people to local food,” said Kim Hines, director of Augusta Locally Grown. “I believe that Columbia County is more than ready for a traditional weekly farmers market. The community already has a deep ethos for health and exercise. Eating locally and seasonally strengthens that ethos.”
The Evans Towne Farmers Market will be held on the grounds of the Columbia County Library from 4:30 to 7 p.m. each Thursday from March until June.
It will feature local artisans who incorporate regionally produced materials in their works. Freshly prepared take-home foods from local chefs and restaurants will be sold, and musicians, civic organizations and children’s activities will also be featured.
“Sponsors of the Evans Towne Farmers Market will help create this new market from the ground up,” said Hines. “Their commitment will also help to disseminate the values of the farmers market to our other programs, including our youth cooking classes, student internships, farm education tours, etc. We hope these efforts all become connected under one huge umbrella that people come to know simply as ‘our local farmers market.’
“By developing trusting relationships with farmers, we become active players in sustainable agriculture. Yes, it’s about health and food safety and taking care of the land. And it’s about deliciousness, for sure. But for me, it’s mostly about the local economy. I am personally tired of my food dollars leaving town.”
The deadline for early registration for vendors for the farmers market is Friday, Feb. 1. More information is available at www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com.