Catawba Farmers’ Market has new manager, location
CATAWBA – The Catawba Valley Farmers Market will open Thursday, May 5, for the 2011 season with a new market manager and a new location. Lindsay Newsome of Catawba is the manager of the market now located on the front lawn of the Catawba Center, on Catawba Creek Road (Rt. 779), just down from the Catawba Post Office.
She and her husband, Josh, and their 8-month-old son, Lemuel, live near the community center is the former Catawba School. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina-Asheville with a concentration in ecology and field biology, and is also a Certified Professional Herbalist and a Certified Holistic Doula.
She has worked in greenhouses and plant nurseries and also as a landscaper. Newsome explained she started gardening as a child, helping her dad in his big garden. She has been studying and practicing organic gardening on her own for years and is passionate about local food and sustainable agriculture.
As market manager, Newsome said she would be recruiting new vendors and customers through promotions and advertising. “I will be available to help vendors with any questions they have, and will be purchasing equipment, helping with setup and breakdown of market, enforcing market policies, handling complaints, maintaining a community information booth, and collecting payments from vendors.”
Newsome will also represent the market in meetings with community members, create a calendar of events, set up signs for market and distribute fliers.
On Thursday, opening day of the market that runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Newsome said she would be giving a free potted tomato plant to each market visitor.
Vendors will have spring greens, herbs, plants, grass-fed meats, baked goods including sourdough rolls and gluten-free items, cookbooks, ready-to-eat foods, as well as craft items including ceramics, jewelry, photography, note cards, wood items, and baskets.
Recent wet weather may affect the availability of some garden produce.
Visitors to the market can also register for a drawing of a basket filled with market items. Signup will continue until the end of the month, when the winning name will be drawn and that person will be asked to come to pick up the gift basket of fresh produce and other items donated by vendors. The give-away will happen each month, Newsome said.