MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Saturday marked the final day of Lincoln Countyâ€™s farmers markets. There was a good turnout at the Lincolnton Market on West Water Street as the yearâ€™s growing season came to a close.
Leigh Guth, Extension Agent for the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Lincolnton, said 2011 has been a very successful year for farmers and shoppers alike.
â€œWe continue to see new farmers at the market each year,â€ Guth said. â€œThis year, weâ€™ve seen more variety in the early and later months of the growing season.â€
Guth said shopping at the local farmers markets offers several advantages. â€œWhat youâ€™re buying is much fresher because it was likely picked that day or the night before,â€she said.
There are economic benefits to the county as well. â€œA dollar you spend with a farmer at the market is recycled back into the local economy, and that helps us all.â€
Readers should be on the lookout for announcements of the marketsâ€™ reopening in the spring.
For more information on local farmers markets or the Cooperative Extension, call (704) 736-8452 or visit their offices at the Citizens Center, 115 W. Main St. in Lincolnton.