Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market Begins Fall Season

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-Information courtesy Tracy Madigan, Manager, Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market will begin its fall and winter schedule in October. The Market will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Now is a wonderful time to visit your farmers market. It is that in-between seasons transition from summer to fall produce.

The VCRFM continues to have delicious summer produce including yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, okra, cantaloupes, canary melons, watermelons, peaches, bell peppers, butter beans, string beans and pink-eye purple hull peas. The white potatoes and sweet potatoes are arriving too.

We are also beginning to get in some of the fall goodies such as apples, beets, butternut squash, cayenne peppers, cucumbers, cabbages, eggplants, gourds, grapes, jalapeno peppers, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, pumpkins, radishes, spinach and turnip greens. Expect to see fresh collards at the market early to mid-November.

Don’t forget that your VCRFM is your local source for pasture-raised beef, pork and free-range eggs. We also have a variety of home-canned goods made with locally grown fruits and vegetables including canned tomatoes, beans, chow-chow, pickles and salsa.

You will also find Caribbean Jerk sauce and Brown sauce, as well as a variety of jams and preserves. Stock up on local honey and blackstrap molasses to see you through the winter months.

Check out the variety of sweet and savory baked goods the market offers – chocolate pies, chocolate chip cake, lemon cake, raspberry chocolate cake, turtle, caramel and chocolate brownies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, hummingbird cake, scones, cupcakes, mini-Brandenburg cakes and so much more!

The holidays are just around the corner. Choose from a plethora of unique handcrafted gifts including soaps, woodcrafts, jewelry, lap quilts, crocheted and hand-sewn items for gifts for everyone on your list – including yourself!

Mark your calendars for our annual Handcrafted Holiday Market, Saturday, November 16, 2019, featuring over 35 vendors. You don’t want to miss it!

Need a space to hold a holiday party, family reunion, business seminar or other social function? Contact the farmers market regarding facility rental availability.

So, remember to visit your VCRFM Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. We accept SNAP/EBT.

For information regarding your Vance County Regional Farmers Market, you may contact Tracy Madigan, Market Manager at 252-438-8188 or [email protected] or Paul McKenzie, Vance & Warren County Agricultural Extension Agent at 252-438-8188 or [email protected]

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Stock Up for July 4th at Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market

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Vance County Regional Farmers Market (VCRFM) invites you to stop by tomorrow and stock up on all of your Fourth of July cookout needs. The market will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3.

According to Tracy Madigan, market manager, a variety of meats including pasture-raised pork, beef, hamburgers, hotdogs and Boston Butt will be available.

Madigan, who was on air for a segment of Tuesday’s Town Talk edition, said fresh, local tomatoes are now available at the market and are always a fan-favorite. “We have Heirloom, Celebrity, Better Boy and other varieties,” said Madigan. “Everyone looks forward to the fresh tomatoes coming in.”

Fresh vegetables, including zucchini, squash, beets, turnips, string beans and corn, will also be available Wednesday.

In addition to the current selection of summer fruits, Madigan announced the arrival of the always popular Ridgeway cantaloupes to the market on Saturday, July 6.

Those that are having weekend cookouts will find an equally impressive selection of meats, produce, sauces and baked goods on Saturday. “If you decide to do your hamburgers on the 4th, well go on and throw a steak on the grill on Saturday,” Madigan said.

The VCRFM is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. SNAP/EBT are welcomed.

The market is located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson, NC.


Market Manager: Tracy Madigan – (252) 598-0814

Extension Agent: Paul McKenzie – (252) 438-8188

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Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market Set for Business After Hours Event

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-Information courtesy the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours event on Thursday, June 27, 2019, for Chamber members and their guests.

Hosted by Vance County Economic Development and NC Cooperative Extension, the event will be held from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market – 210 Southpark Dr., Henderson.

There will be great food catered by Next Door Bistro, door prizes and live entertainment by local group The Cabin Pickers, featuring Jimmy Barrier.

To RSVP, please call the HV Chamber of Commerce at (252) 438-8414.

Reminder: VCRFM’s Memorial Garden Dedication Scheduled for June 12

-Information courtesy Paul McKenzie, Agricultural Extension Agent, NC Cooperative Extension

Join the Extension Master Gardener volunteers for a drop-in celebration of the official opening and dedication of the Memorial Garden at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The garden is dedicated to the memory of Master Gardener volunteers who are no longer with us. It features drought-tolerant plants that attract pollinators and other beneficial insects and is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Join the Extension Master Gardener volunteers for a drop-in celebration of the official opening and dedication of the Memorial Garden at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market. This event will take place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Vance Co. Coop. Extension Photo)

The garden will also provide inspiration to area gardeners for new plants to try in their own landscapes. This beautiful space of peace, beauty and reflection was built entirely through contributions and the dedicated effort of the Master Gardener volunteers of Vance and Warren Counties.

Light refreshments will be served and a short program will take place at 10:30 a.m. The Master Gardener volunteers then invite you to stroll around the garden and visit.

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market is located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson. For more information, call 252-438-8188 or email [email protected].

Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market: Madigan Talks Wed. Hours, Rental Opportunities

Tracy Madigan, market manager for the Vance County Regional Farmers Market (VCRFM), was on Tuesday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the kickoff of the market’s Wednesday hours for the 2019 season.

Beginning this Wednesday, May 29, the VCRFM will open on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is in addition to being open on Saturdays, also from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Wednesday hours will continue through the end of September. VCRFM will return to Saturday-only hours to wrap up the year with its fall season running October through early December.

The addition of Wednesday hours offers customers a mid-week and weekend day to select from a wide variety of fresh local produce, beef, pork, eggs, homemade baked goods and craft items.

While selections are plentiful, Madigan explained that the market is running behind on the normal “hot weather” produce due to a cold and rainy early spring.

“The recent warm, sunny weather has sped things up and it won’t be long before we have the good summer crops,” said Madigan.

Madigan expects tomatoes to be in full supply by the end of June, with cantaloupe and corn to follow in early to mid-July.

Also affected by the weather, this year’s strawberry season was cut short; however, Madigan said she expects that a small supply will be available at the VCRFM through Saturday.

Two vendors whose wares were not affected by the spring weather are beef and egg seller JW Creek Farms and pork seller Faulkner Family Farms.

“JW Creek Farms is my go-to for local, pasture-raised beef, and he’s at the market every Saturday,” Madigan said. “He offers all different cuts of beef including steak and brisket, hot dogs and free range chicken eggs.”

Faulkner Family Farms specializes in pasture-raised pork products, including mild and hot sausage, kielbasa, pork chops and Boston Butts.

According to Madigan, the VCRFM offers an open, friendly environment where, in addition to selling great products, vendors are happy to speak with customers and provide tips on the best way to prepare selected items.

When not in use as the farmers market, the building is available for private rental. According to Madigan, previous rental use has included civic events and meetings, parties, family reunions and more.

Rentals start at $200 for the required minimum of four hours; $50 for each additional hour. A $250 security deposit is required and is refundable after the event if no damage is incurred to the property.

While the classroom and bathrooms inside the building are air-conditioned, Madigan said the large bay area is not, a possible consideration when booking summer events. The building is heated during colder months.

Madigan encourages the public to follow the VCRFM on Facebook or visit the Cooperative Extension website for additional information on rental opportunities as well as upcoming market events and updates.

One such VCRFM event that Madigan was happy to announce is the opening and dedication of the Extension Master Gardener’s Memorial Garden on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The garden is dedicated to the memory of past Master Gardener volunteers and was built entirely through the contributions and efforts of the current Master Gardeners of Vance and Warren counties.

Light refreshments will be served and a short program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Afterward, the Master Gardener volunteers invite you to take a stroll around the garden.

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market is located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson. For more information, please call (252) 438-8188.

To hear the Town Talk interview with Tracy Madigan in its entirety, click here.

Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market to Open Season With Spring Fling

-Information courtesy Tracy Madigan, Market Manager, Vance County Regional Farmers Market

Mark your calendar. The Vance County Regional Farmers Market is gearing up for a new season of fresh local produce and crafts. The market opens Saturday, April 27, 2019, with our Produce, Plants & Crafts Spring Fling from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Spring Fling Market will feature numerous craft vendors, bedding plants for the garden including vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as locally grown spring produce.

There will also be baked goods, estate wine, canned goods, pasture-raised beef, pork, eggs and honey for sale.

We have a fabulous lineup of vendors at this year’s Spring Fling including many of our “old faithfuls” and a number of new vendors. Here’s a list of what you will find at the Spring Fling:

Adcock’s Farm: Seasonal produce, canned goods, honey

Backroad Farm & Vineyard: Seasonal produce, estate wine, plants, loofahs, gourds

Barn Wood Furniture by Maul-N-Wedge: Furniture & crafts made from reclaimed barn wood

BL Creations: Hand sewn bibs, towels, pot holders, potato pouches, bowl coozies, pillows, aprons, towel sets and more

Cakes Delish: Cupcakes, cookies, artisan molded marshmallows

Colorful Creations: Embroidery items, clothing, home decor, stained glass and more

The Cotton Boll: Crocheted & knitted baby items, decorative wood plaques, luminaries, pillows, decorative lighted glass blocks and more

Creative Gifts for Missions: Slumped wine bottles, lighted wine bottles, cheese spreaders, memory pillows, painted porcelain items, wood crafts and more

Culver Products & Services: Handmade woodcraft boxes and cabinets

Dixon & Sons Farms: Seasonal Produce featuring spring strawberries, pasture raised pork, hemp products, bedding plants

The Eclectic Peacock: Crocheted & sewn home goods, bowl coozies, soaps, throw pillow covers, napkins, table runners, hand painted glassware, bath bombs and more

Faulkner Family Farms: Pork products, produce and cut flowers

Hand Made by Jackie: Crocheted clothing items, washcloths, birdhouses and more

Imperial Stitching: Table mats, kitchen mats, lanyards, table runners, burp cloths and more

Jerri’s Things: Crocheted & knitted handmade items including vests, scarves, hats, jewelry, baby sweater sets, shawls and more

Junk Drawer Designs: Sandblasted glassware, handpainted signs, custom decals, fairy gardens, shadowboxes, cups, mugs, clothing items and onesies

JW Creek Farms: Pasture-raised beef, eggs and bag holders

Laureen’s Creations: Wreaths, bows and floral arrangements

O’Reilly’s Sauces: Caribbean jerk sauce, brown sauce, honey and blackstrap molasses

Pretty Tough Stuff: Jewelry, sewn items, rock art, cut flowers, wood crafts, crocheted items, photo art, produce, eggs, home decor including pillows, suncatchers, flags and more

Professional Art by Janet Lumpkin Winebarger: Pet portraits, jewelry sets, paintings and more

Ruthie Loves Ronnie: Jewelry, decorated item and cheeseboards

Sachs Woodcrafts, LLC: Hand-turned wood items, bowls, cutting boards, breadboards, knives, pens, wine bottle stoppers, salt & pepper mills, duck calls, rings and more

Short’s Farm: produce and cut flowers

Silent Josh Woodworking/Rustic Vibes: Exotic wooden jewelry, cutting boards, candle holders, coasters, beard balm, oil and combs

Stone Bridge Farms, LLC: Produce

Threads Connected Plus Paper: Purses, wallets, cardholders, cord wraps, greeting cards, bookmarks, memo stations and more

Woodwick Designs: Handmade soy wax scented candles and melts

Yummy Little Cakes: Baked items including cupcakes, scones, muffins, bundlettes, cakelettes, cinnamon rolls, mini Victoria sponge cakes and more

2019 VCRFM Schedule:

May 4 – 25: The Farmers Market will be open Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

May 29 – September 30: The Farmers Market will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

October 1 – December 7: The Farmers Market will be open Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Special Events: Our Master Gardeners return to the market providing gardening advice on Saturdays throughout the season. They will also be hosting the dedication of the Master Gardeners’ Memorial Garden at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market in May.

Stay tuned for additional dates & times of special events!


Market Manager: Tracy Madigan @ 252-598-0814

Extension Agent: Paul McKenzie @ 252-438-8188

Vance County Regional Farmers Market – 210 Southpark Dr. Henderson, NC

**If you or your business need a venue for your dinners and parties, the VCRFM is available for rent! Contact our Market Manager**

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VCRFM to Hold ‘Pesticide Disposal Day’ for Unneeded, Old Chemicals

-Information courtesy Paul McKenzie, Agricultural Extension Agent, Vance/Warren Counties, NC Cooperative Extension

Do you have lawn, garden or farm chemicals you no longer need? Do you have products more than three years old? Protect your family, your pets and the environment by bringing unneeded chemicals to our pesticide disposal day.

This event will be held on WednesdayApril 10, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market – 210 Southpark Dr., Henderson, NC.

We will accept all pesticide products, including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, etc. in original, labeled containers. Both liquids and solids (e.g. granules, powders) are acceptable. For large containers (e.g. 5 gallons or more) or large quantities, please call in advance.

We CANNOT accept fertilizer, paint, solvents, gasoline, household cleaners, or other household hazardous waste.

This service is offered at no charge in cooperation with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (252) 438-8188.

More Food Trucks on the Way for Farmers Market

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market will be opening on Saturday, April 27 for the season, according to market manager Tracy Madigan.

Following a decision made by the Vance County Board of Commissioners at their Monday night meeting, there will be a greater presence of food trucks at the market this year.

Vance County Manager Jordan McMillen told WIZS News, “The popularity of food trucks is undeniable. They are beginning to gain notoriety in this area as they’ve already done in the triangle, and ultimately they can serve as a good way of drawing people to the market who may have never visited.”

“Specifically, at the farmers market, they have experimented with a food truck already and it has added an exciting and different dimension to the market. As individuals become familiar with the local food trucks this should improve the overall attendance at the market and introduce new patrons to the market. We see food trucks as a compliment to the market and believe it may also open up opportunities to push products from the farm to the table, complimenting the existing vendors as well.”

Food trucks, in general, have been in the news in our area in recent months, specifically when Gavin’s Grub Hub, owned and operated by Gavin Jackson, was looking for a semi-permanent location and wound up receiving a six-month approval from the City of Henderson to operate. We’ve also seen Backyard BBQ, which typically locates in the old Armory parking lot on Dabney Drive.

These additional approvals may indicate that our local leaders are getting more comfortable with food trucks and keeping in tune with what consumers have been enjoying for at least a decade or more in other larger urban areas.

Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market to Reopen in Late April, New Vendors Welcome

Paul McKenzie, agricultural extension agent for Vance and Warren County Cooperative Extension, was on Thursday’s edition of WIZS’ Town Talk program to discuss the opening of the Vance County Regional Farmers Market in late April.

According to McKenzie, the VCRFM, located at 210 Southpark Dr. in Henderson, will kick off the season by opening on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional Wednesday hours will be added in late May.

McKenzie said this standard opening date coincides with the time “produce starts coming in and folks are getting the bug for spring planting.”

Early in the growing season, McKenzie said fresh produce – greens, peas, potatoes and onions – as well as flowering plants are plentiful.

In addition to produce and plants, the market includes vendors selling handmade, high-quality crafts, homemade baked goods, and locally produced pork, sausage and beef.

Locally produced fresh eggs are also a fan-favorite. “There’s just a difference in the taste and in the texture,” said McKenzie. “It’s hard to turn back once you’ve gone the fresh eggs route.”

When visitors first come to the market, they should expect to be greeted by Tracy Madigan, manager for the VCRFM. “When you walk in, you’ll be greeted by our friendly and outgoing market manager,” McKenzie said. “Tracy will greet you with a smile and help you find the products that you are looking for.”

McKenzie said this friendliness extends to the rest of the market experience as people interact with each other and build a sense of community.

“Our customers enjoy speaking to the vendors and getting to know the farmers. There’s a saying ‘know your farmer, know your food.’”

The freshness of the food sold at the market can’t be beaten, according to McKenzie. “You’re getting something that was picked the previous afternoon and brought to you as fresh as possible. You can find quality products at the grocery store, but it’s probably been on a truck for a couple of days, and potentially much longer. You can’t beat the freshness, and freshness equals flavor.”

Supporting local people and the local economy is also a benefit of shopping at the market. “When you buy here, you are supporting mom-and-pop enterprises, you are supporting someone who is trying to add something to the local community,” said McKenzie.

The VCRFM is currently accepting new vendors. Types of acceptable products include local handmade crafts, produce, plants, farm products and homemade baked goods with proper certification.

The market offers vendors electricity, convenient outlets and ceiling fans inside a comfortable, covered environment.

There is an application process and a $30 application fee for interested vendors. Each day the vendor participates in the market also requires a $10 fee.

For more information about the VCRFM, please contact either Tracy Madigan at [email protected] or (252) 598-0814 or Paul McKenzie at [email protected] or (252) 438-8188. You may also check out the VCRFM’s Facebook page by clicking here.

To hear the Town Talk interview with Paul McKenzie in its entirety, please click here.

Vance Co. Regional Farmers Market Announces 2019 Advisory Board Meeting Dates

-Information courtesy Paul McKenzie, Agricultural Extension Agent, Vance/Warren Counties, NC Cooperative Extension

The Advisory Board for the Vance County Regional Farmers Market was established in early 2014 for the purpose of making recommendations for the operation, promotion, support and growth of the Market. The Board generally has four meetings each year, all of which are open to the public. The Board is always glad to receive comments from the public.

This year (2019), the Board will meet on the following dates: March 14, May 2, August 1 and November 7. Each of these meetings will convene at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market at 2 p.m. The address is 210 Southpark Dr., Henderson, NC

For more information, please contact either of the following: Tracy Madigan, Market Manager ([email protected] or 252-598-0814) or Paul McKenzie, Agricultural Extension Agent ([email protected] or 252-438-8188).