Riverfront Farmers Market re-opens this Saturday, October 6, 8am-1pm, downtown on Water St. & in adjoining Riverfront Park.
Boy are we glad to be back! Although it is a bittersweet happiness in the aftermath of hurricane Florence. Like all segments of our community, our market members were affected, with anywhere from minimal damage to total loss.
Farmers and growers were some of the hardest hit by river flooding; including Black River Organic Farm which sustained major damage to fields, greenhouses and crops. Hanchey’s Produce which suffered a total loss of crops, equipment and the homes of 3 generations of Hanchey family farmers. Wind and rain caused extensive damage to fields of flowers and greenhouses at Castle Hayne Farms; Backyard Gardeners, Shelton Herb Farm/Copper Sun Micro Farm all suffered loss of crops, plantings and structures. Beartrack Farms lost product due to power outage, but kept the animals safe throughout the storm. Orchidscapes had damage to the greenhouse, $10.00 orchid sale this Saturday.
Davis Seafood also bore the brunt of the storm with flooding of the fish house and Davis family homes, docks were destroyed, but the boats were saved.
Our hearts and sympathies go out to all struggling with so much damage and loss. As you can see recovery for some of our market members will be lengthy, some will not be able to participate for the remainder of the season. Most are working hard to clean up, rebuild, replant and get back to the normal operations of the farm and business. We’re hoping for the best for all these hard-working folks, come out to support them!
It is more important than ever to support Riverfront Farmers Market to keep the market functioning! Just as the aftereffects of hurricane Florence leave our market members with damage and loss, the market itself also takes a hit. Less vendors participating means less income to run the market, vendor fees are the only revenue source the market has to cover operating expenses. Please continue to shop the market, support local growers, producers & artisans; support family farms & small businesses; support your market!
|Planning to be at the Market October 6:||Planning to return to the Market October 13:|
|Backyard Gardeners||Elderberry Syrup by Ruth|
|Beartrack Farms||Ithaca Acres Creamery|
|Castle Hayne Farms||Plus many of the artisans!|
|Gluten Free by the Sea|
|Great Harvest Bread Co.|
|My Porch Dawg|
|Nona Bacca Winery|
|Panacea Brewing Co.|
|Rita’s Wooden Spoon|
|Shelton Herb Farm|