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Farmers Market
Fresh Farm to Fork Produce Market a Big Success
7/7/2011
Residents on the county’s east side have a new option for getting fresh produce from the farm to their fork and that is an important development to staffers at the Mecklenburg County Health Department.
Union County-based Farmer Gene Farms set up a farmer’s market last Saturday in the CITGO parking lot on the corner of Shamrock Drive and Eastway Drive for the first time and will be there with in-season, locally grown produce from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

“It was a good success – a good start to build on,” said Gene Moore, who goes by the nickname “Farmer Gene.”

“I enjoyed it and will continue to offer produce to an area that doesn’t have good access to it at this time,” Moore said. “I had several (area residents) come through and say they were glad to see some local produce out there and in the area.”

According to its website, Farmer Gene Farms is dedicated to growing and providing the best produce, shelf-stable farm products and plants using the most environmentally conscious and healthful methods. Located in southeastern Union County, the farm has been in the Moore family since the mid 1700s. Currently, three generations of the family live and work on the farm.

Offering fresh produce to residents all over Mecklenburg County has long been a goal of the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

“MCHD has worked with Farmer Gene Farms for over two years in assisting his efforts to bring fresh produce to underserved areas of the county,” said Allison Mignery, Physical Activity & Nutrition Supervisor at the Health Department.

“He is an excellent example of how to connect farmers with public health issues such as food access and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables,” Mignery said.

The first week’s offerings included corn on the cob, onions, zucchini, squash, peppers, onions, tomatoes, melons, blueberries, and blackberries.

Moore said the offerings at the new market will probably be limited to current, in-season, locally grown produce, but they might add some citrus fruit to the mix.

“I’m committed to offering only local produce from the local economy,” Moore said.

For a listing of current, in-season, produce, check out:  in-season produce.

Better access to fresh produce is not just a matter of good taste, according to statistics.


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