What a cold way to start the new year! But, it can be a new beginning in a journey to eat healthy foods and substitute fresh green fruits and vegetables in place of all those holiday foods! Fresh kale, collards, micro greens, lettuces, Swiss chard, mustard greens, sweet potatoes are just a small part of what is offered each Thursday at the farmers market on Morganton Road from 9-1. Bundle up to keep warm. Vendors will get you in and out in a jiffy to keep you from getting too cold. (Hand and feet warmers help, too!)
Enjoy the last few days of summer (even though it is fall) before the cooler weather comes in. We have four Mondays left at FirstHealth and three Saturdays at the downtown Southern Pines market. The Thursday market next to the Armory will be open all year on Thursday. Winter produce is beginning to appear at the market with butternut squash, kale, and Swiss chard. Lettuces are plentiful as are greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers. Microgreens are back on schedule.Prepared foods, delicious breads and desserts, and condiments such as pickled okra, jams and jellies are available at each market. Remember that we donate to the Backpack Pal program that provides weekend snacks for hungry children. They are appreciative of every penny donated!
Include Moore County Farmers Market in your holiday shopping. Specialty cut meats in grass-fed Angus beef, ostrich meat, pastured pork, and chicken are available each week on Thursday. Prepared foods such as pink kraut with beets, vegan soups, Cuban black beans, lentils, and Gazpacho with beets, and lots of other vegan prepared foods with beans, peas, and such. A variety of loaf breads, desserts, cookies, goat cheese spreads and cheese products, jams, jellies, and pickles will add a variety to your meal planning. Local honey is now available at each market along with farm fresh eggs, a mix of greens, collards, and micro greens. Join us Thursday from 9-1 next to the Armory in Southern Pines. We look forward to seeing you there!