11 Jun Jacksonville NC hosting Farmers Market
If you have a hankering for fresh locally grown produce and hand-made items, Jacksonville is the place to be. It is home to two locations for the Onslow County Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These markets are sponsored in cooperation with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, which is affiliated with North Carolina State University.
Not only will you find local produce at the markets, you can also purchase items such as honey, eggs and fresh artisan baked goods.
The Tuesday market is located at the corner of New Bridge and College Streets. It is across from the Onslow Consolidated Health Service Building. This one runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Saturday market is located at 4024 Richlands Highway. That market runs from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Both markets began in mid-April this year. The Tuesday market will continue until the end of July. However, if produce is still available, it could be extended. Marie S. Bowman, local foods manager for the Onslow County Farmers Market/Incubator Farm, said in a Facebook interview, that the Saturday market will run until Nov. 16. Then it will return briefly for the area’s Annual Holiday Market on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14.
According to the JDNews.com, the Tuesday market just opened this year. The market organizers learned that the United States Department of Agriculture had designated the downtown area as being near two food deserts while not being a food desert area itself because of the presence of the New Bridge Organic Market. However, the new Tuesday market location will be in a very centralized location easily accessible by public transportation.
Bowman said, in the JDNews article, the new market location is strategically located near the Consolidated Human Services building. Some of the people this market hopes to serve receive services there. Not only that, some targeted residents carry on other business in the area such as working in the downtown business area or dropping off and picking up children at the nearby school. Additionally, retired Jacksonville residents live in the area.
Bowman told the JDNews, “We just wanted to be part of that downtown community.”
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