The mission of the Transylvania Farmers Market is to encourage and promote local agriculture, horticulture, value-added, and craft industries in Transylvania County, North Carolina; to provide producers a site to market their goods directly to residents and visitors; to provide consumers a market to obtain quality goods directly from local producers; to promote health, wellness, and a sense of community. During the pandemic and this time of uncertainty, the farmer’s market has also expanded their efforts in the fight against food insecurity and how that affects our community.
Individuals who are more at risk during the pandemic due to pre-existing conditions and health concerns mean they need to shop for food in a more distanced and safe fashion. Older citizens with mobility issues also need a way to access fresh local foods. Lake Toxaway Charities is pleased to award a first-time grant to the Farmer’s Market to provide for free curbside shopping area as well as for the advertising, support, and management of that area.