Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The 2009 Sandhills Farmers Market was a feast that consisted of a large variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables! Its offerings appealed to the taste buds of health enthusiasts, children, local cooks, and those answering to the call of “Buy Local!” But the Sandhills Farmers Market was more than just vegetables.

The growing season was kicked off with a fundraiser fish fry by Kingdom CDC. Cooks from the organization sold fresh fried fish plates all afternoon long to the delight of a large number of satisfied customers. Who ever heard of fried fish at the Farmers Market? It was a winning combination!

In an effort to connect fresh food grown on local land to more than just the table, several workshops were offered throughout the growing season. Two of them were designed to introduce children to the adventures surrounding the growing of food. A worm composting education display was set up. Visitors to the market were fascinated by watching the worms do there thing in a container that could be kept in the house! Hands on Healthy Snacks tied in the benefits of fresh vegetables to ways to create healthy, tasty snacks that kids would love to make and eat!

For those who wanted the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods, but who were still developing there cooking skills, new recipes were offered free of charge in our weekly newsletter. The newsletter also contained health information that could be tied to good nutrition. A master gardener from the Cooperative Extension Service came out one Saturday to answer any questions that market visitors had.

The Sandhills Farmers Market is more than just a place to come and support your local grower by buying local; it is a place to come and build relationships with the people that grow your food, make your homemade preserves, and keep the market running. Do you want to know how to shell field peas? Growers are happy to demonstrate. Do you want to talk about how your great aunt Sarah used to make the tastiest peach preserves? Our preserve vendor would love to hear of it. Need to know how to freeze okra? The lady who grows 7 foot okra has plenty of experience to share.

Is history more to your liking? Some of our growers have lived in the Sandhills region for close to 100 years. They have many interesting stories to tell of what it was like growing up during a different time period or what it was like when their grandma was a child living during the Civil War.

The Sandhills Farmers Market is more than just a place to buy food. It is relationships and history, education and fun, health and nutrition. It is a bridging of the gap between our food and our bellies that has been expanding along with our waistlines and medical problems as a result of our increasing demand for convenience foods.

The Sandhills Farmers Market was made possible through funding by the USDA, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program, and the NC Rural Center.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Hi Everyone! Saturday, August 1st, is Kid's Day at the Market! Bring your kids or grandkids to the Sandhills Farmers Market to help them get the farm to table connection! Talk to local farmers and crafters. Ask questions about making jams and jellies, and even jewelry.
Don't miss the cooking class for kids ages 9 - 16, "HANDS ON HEALTHY SNACKS" from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Free popcorn from 9 until noon.
This event is sponsored by the Sandhills Family Heritage Association, in partnership with the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Service, and Ft. Sill National Bank.
And don't forget to stock up on your fresh fruits and veges for the week. If you are interested in canning or freezing fresh produce for later, we have how-to information on that.
See you Saturday!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Special thanks to all of our customers, old and new, to our vendors, to our partners, and to our volunteers for making last Saturday a wonderful day at the Sandhills Farmers Market!

It was a great day for customers to hang out and get to know the vendors and volunteers, and exchange recipes. Special thanks to Beatrice who took the time to make a second trip to the Market to share not only her banana bread recipe, but also a sampling of her tasty banana bread! Special thanks also to Brian and his son who stayed awhile to talk about his love of gardening and talent for cooking!

Cecil had a bounty of vegetables, including field peas and several varieties of hot peppers. Rhonda's beautiful display of handcrafted jewelry caught the eyes of many customers. We had fresh local blueberries picked fresh that morning that sold out quickly. Not to mention our local melons that have been bursting with flavor all season long!

CES Agriculture Agent, Shauna Haslem, arranged for Master Gardener George Quigley to come out to the Market and answer questions to all who were interested. Thanks Shauna and George!

Thanks to all of the volunteers who come out each Saturday to support the Market and share with all the pleasure of their company.

Until next Saturday, Everyone!

Friday, July 3, 2009


Sandhills Farmers Market would like to thank all of our customers, old and new, for supporting the local growers and craftspersons at the Market. Thank you!!


Master Gardeners workshop "Grow What You Eat" will be held on Saturday, July 18th, from 11:00 am until noon. Free to public.

NC Extension agent, Candy Underwood, will be teaching kids about healthy eating in "Hands on Healthy Snacks" on Saturday, August 1st, from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Free to public. Kids ages 9 & up. Pre-registration is recommended.

Please contact Starr at 910-436-3406 or email sandhillsfamily1@yahoo.com for more information.


The Sandhills Farmers Market will be closed this coming Saturday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We will resume regular operating hours on Saturday, July 11th.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


The Sandhills Farmers Market has been very busy! It is wonderful to see all of our regular customers, as well as to get to know new ones! We have had some delicious vegetables so far this season. The tomatoes last weekend were so good!

Along with fresh produce and other items, the Market is pleased to offer many educational activities throughout the growing season. This Saturday, June 27, Dr. Erin Baker from SRAHEC will be availabe to do free blood pressure checks, and answer any questions that you may have. If you know anyone who can benefit from this service, please try and get them to the Market this Saturday. Dr. Baker will be there from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Sandhills Farmers Market will be closed Saturday, July 4, in observance of the 4th of July holiday. We will resume regular operational hours the following Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

New to the Market this year is our Market newsletter. It contains information about upcoming events, health and nutrition, and recipes. If you would like to sign up for the free newsletter, please email us at sandhillsfamily1@yahoo.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!