Boone’s Winter Farmers Market was a big success on Dec. 5, with lots of products ranging from fresh greens, onions, storage crops, meats, baked goods and other value added products to a few select quality crafts.
PHARMN provided hot beverages as well. Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture were present to promote their upcoming mead making workshop.
Chairman Jimmy Hodges got the ball rolling by performing a ribbon cutting ceremony and live music was present. Customers were steady and plentiful throughout the morning. The market will be held on the first and third Saturdays through April from 9 a.m. to noon at the Agricultural Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Road Boone.
The next winter market will take place on Dec. 19.
Also, PHARMN recently held its annual meeting and noted several successes. In addition to participating in local food programs like “Greening My Plate” and the health fair, the organization helped secure more than $70,000.00 in funding to support local agriculture and agro-forestry programs. The organization acts as a fiscal agent and/or umbrella group. 100 percent of these funds go to the programs.
PHARMN also had another great year of programming for the Kids Corner at the summer farmers markets, where children were acquainted with growing, artistic and marketing concepts on a scale suitable for their ages (2-12). Members of the organization say they are humbled by the recognition at the Farm-City banquet and look forward to 2016.