Grand opening for Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on tap

By Erin Smith

August 17, 2014

BLADENBORO — There is a buzz of excitement in the air in the town of Bladenboro as folks are gearing up for the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on Friday at 1 p.m.

Joy Walters, one of many volunteers for the project, said everyone is excited and the project was a much needed one. She said prior to the construction of the building, farmers had to brave the elements to sell their their produce and vegetables. Now, that is about to change.

“Farmers can pull under the shelter to sell,” said Walters.

The Farmer’s Market project was made possible through a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund. The members of Boost the ‘Boro, who have been volunteers on the project, were presented a check in the amount of $48,500 in February.

“We thank Rep. William Brisson. He really went to bat for us. If it wasn’t for him, it wouldn’t have been possible,” said Walters.

It has been a joint effort to see the building through to its completion.

“This is a culmination of a joint effort with the members of Boost the ‘Boro and many volunteers from town,” said Walters.

She said people have volunteered their time, they have made donations, and it has been a real community effort.

“I hope it is going to help improve the economy of our town and help the farmers,” said Walters.

She said folks will be able to purchase fresh vegetables, fruits and other items at the market. Walters said there are also plans for a small retail store in the farmer’s market which will buy and sell local crafts, and locally produced goods such as honey, jams and jellies, and fresh eggs to name a few things.

Walters said there will be no charge for farmers to set up and sell their items, but they will have to complete a brief application. The market will be open for farmers six days a week, said Walters. She said there will be a office located in the farmer’s market building which will be staffed by volunteers to assist farmers with completing the application.

“It needs to be North Carolina grown products,” said Walters.

She added they prefer Bladen County-grown products.

During the grand opening, refreshments will be available, said Walters. She encouraged everyone to come out to the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market and enjoy the celebration.