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Farmers' Market Moving To New Location

 

Last updated 3/18/2020 at 3:47pm

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The Farmers' Market is planning to move to a new location in April.

While one might expect a farmers' market to hibernate over the winter, that certainly isn't the case with the Transylvania Farmers' Market.

Not only is it open year-round, this winter market officials have been busy with big plans for the new year.

In April the market will move to a new location, it will add the ability to accept SNAP/EBT, and the 2020 Market will include a new health and wellness corner and free yoga/walking program.

"For some time, we have been looking at options for a more stable market location, and thanks to the generosity of Comporium and St. Philip's Episcopal Church, we will not only be moving into a space that will allow for growth, but it's also right next door," said Leslie Logemann, market manager.

The market is moving into the large parking lot that is at the corner of Rice and Main streets.

The lot is in-between and co-owned by Comporium and St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

"Our hope is that this Main Street frontage will allow us to create a beautiful entrance from Main Street," said Logemann. "We can't thank Comporium and St. Philip's enough for partnering with us on a project that will benefit not only our Market but downtown Brevard as a whole."

"St. Philip's Episcopal Church is delighted to partner with the Transylvania Farmers' Market as the relocation to the corner of Rice and Main enables us to extend hospitality through use of the parking lot we co-own with Comporium," said the Rev. Anne Bridgers, interim rector. "Hospitality in all its forms is basic to our faith and this partnership allows us to share space with more and more folks in our community, which is indeed a blessing."

Customer parking for busy Saturdays is also being taken under consideration.

"Parking will be available next door in the old Market lot and also all along Main Street," Logemann said. "The Presbyterian Church across Main Street has very kindly agreed to allow parking there on Saturdays too, and we will be exploring options for a crosswalk. We will have handicap parking next to Comporium and drop-off areas at two points on Rice Street."

In 2020 the Farmers' Market will also expand its health-focused offerings by adding the ability to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamps) at the market, with additional outreach to the community throughout the year to promote awareness of this program.

"We are so excited to finally be adding the ability to accept SNAP/EBT at the market," said Logemann. "We are thankful to the City of Brevard and Pisgah Health Foundation for the grant funding that will help us get this program off the ground and fund the community outreach that will provide awareness of the opportunities available at our market. We are also partnering with two local organizations, ASAP and MountainWise, to receive funding that will allow us to offer 'double up' bucks for SNAP/EBT and WIC recipients. We hope local residents will enjoy being able to use their benefits on fresh local produce."

Thanks to a grant from Pisgah Health Foundation, there will be a new "Healthy Food Corner" at the market on Saturdays, with cooking demos, recipe samples, produce tasting and other learning opportunities.

The grant will also fund a 12-week series of free yoga and walking mornings at the market during the summer.

"Our market is very excited about the coming year and the opportunities, both at our market and via community outreach, that this generous grant from Pisgah Health Foundation will afford us," Logemann said. "We have really wanted to expand our health and wellness offerings and 2020 is going to be an amazing year."

Visit the market on Saturdays, December to April from 10 a.m. to noon, and from May to November, from 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information, go to http://www.TransylvaniaFarmersMarket.com and follow the market on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.

 
 

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