CC Farmers Market – Local Customers Needed!
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I am wondering if the town of Cape Charles can support a Farmers Market. The first two years of the market were pretty good and there was a full panoply of vendors. However last year saw a decline in attendance and some vendors did not return, including our much loved Mattawoman Farms.
There are fewer tents at the Cape Charles Farmers Market and in my opinion, this is because many of our own townspeople do not come to the market. I know that life is busy and it’s hard to remember a time on Tuesday afternoon. But if we do not support the small farmers in our area, we will only be left with produce and meats from the Food Lion or a lengthy trip to Quail Cove. Most of this food is full of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and has been transported a long distance. Food grown locally is much more nutritious because it comes to your table directly from the farm. There is no middleman.
“But what about the expense,” I’ve heard people say. The vegetables and meats reflect the time and effort it takes for the farmer to grow them. For instance, Copper Cricket Farm is not certified organic, but they grow their vegetables for nutrition by employing a no-till organic method of farming. This requires a lot of labor to weed and hand pick insects from the leaves. Perennial Roots Farm is biodynamic, providing amped-up nutrition, as well. In addition to vegetables, they provide pork and lamb that have been raised without genetically modified grains and unnatural poisonous additions like ractopomine (a feed additive, banned in most countries, used to promote leanness), typically added to most U.S. pork products. They’ve added herbal tinctures to their line of products and talking to Stuart is like talking to the physician we always wanted. Seafield and our beloved Pickett’s Harbor Farms have been regular vendors at the market with radishes, cucumbers and really cute pottery for the former and peaches and tomatoes for the latter. Edwards Seafood is a regular with crabmeat, scallops and freshly caught fish.
The market has supporting vendors like our local caterer, Kitchen Sync, Um Yummies, She Seeks Wool, W.T. Wilkins’ Honey, Chatham Flower Farm, and the Blooming Farmer at my Lady’s Choice Farm.
I would like to give the market volunteers some help. My questions to you, the reader, are as follows:
- What is stopping you from going to the market?
- What would you like to see in a market that is not being provided?
- What do you think about the timing of the market?
I’d really like if we could all pull together to support our local farmers. We want them to thrive and the only way this will happen is if we turn out and support them.