Market Corner May 2020
Updated: Jun 12
C. Heather Flemming
We are so excited that our season opening is finally here! With all that is going on in the world, there was a period of unknown, however we are proud that farmer/tailgate markets are considered “essential businesses”. What is more essential than fresh, local produce, meats, breads, and handmade products? We are proud that we are able support our local producers, businesses, and community by providing space and ability to sell and purchase. For a list of participating vendors this season, head over to our website Enka-Candler Tailgate Market.
We already had the big change this season with our move to the new location at AB Tech, Small Business Center. We see this as such a wonderful space to expand and grow. Along with preparing for this big change, we also have been working hard to make sure that we are keeping our community and vendors safe during these times. We are so very thankful to ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) for their leadership in outlining guidelines and precautions, as well as providing grant funding to cover new costs associated with these adjustments. At open, there will be quite a few things that look and feel different about Market. We have outlined phases of softening these precautions, which will go along with CDC and NC phases of reopening and expanding. While we will miss offering the AFS Kids Tent, music, and community-driven special events at first, we are committed to providing a safe space for all and limiting any possible exposure to Covid-19. We are confident this community feel will return and be a much welcomed addition to ECTM when health concerns are lifted. Below are some precautions to note.
Lastly, we are so excited that Michelle has joined the AFS team and will be running our Rainbow Ridge Garden booth at Market. We are working closely to provide a wonderful experience and offerings to the community, as part of the AFS staff.
So, BEETS are the vegetable of the month for May. Here is a delicious roasted beet hummus recipe to use with the fresh beets that will be available at Market. Enjoy!