The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


October 24, 2011

Food, arts, crafts, music available at Farmers Market

Monday, October 24, 2011 — Oct. 29 brings about the last day of the 2011 season of the Stanly County Farmers’ Market in historic downtown Albemarle. With this day comes a celebration of the market; it is a celebration of agriculture, arts and crafts, and music.

Creating community around local culture and heritage is an important aspect of sustainability. What is sustainability? Consider sustainability as the capacity to endure. One must think of this capacity to endure in three intertwining parts: environmental dimension, social dimension, and economic dimension. With the world’s population projected to top 7 billion by the end of this month, never in history has sustainability been more important.

Now for culture and heritage … what role do these have in sustainability?  

Culture is formed by human beliefs and behaviors. It is shared values, attitudes, and goals which comprise a community’s culture. Such shared values contribute to sustainable economies.

Heritage is what comes from the past; it is that which is passed down from generation to generation. Our cultural heritage is revealed in arts, music, food, and even gardening. Preserving cultural heritage contributes to sustainability.

And the local Farmers Market … what role does it play in sustainability?

When you purchase products from the local Farmers Market you are helping to sustain that farmer (vendor) in supporting their lifestyle. By supporting their lifestyle with your purchases you enable them to support their community in socially responsible ways and contribute to the local economy. Shopping locally creates local jobs; it also creates community.

The Stanly County Farmers’ Market provides the local community with locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants, and flowers available. Shopping the local market offers you an opportunity to provide healthy, beneficial foods to your family. It also supports the local agricultural economy.

As a part of the 2011 market celebration, The Bruce Family will share bluegrass music at 9:30 a.m.

The market will be open from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Stanly County Farmers’ Market is in historic downtown Albemarle at Market Station, 100 Railroad St. (near the intersection of U.S. 52 and West Main Street).

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