Celebrate Summer by Shopping Local

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While the first day of summer is still a few weeks away, summer has unofficially begun with temperatures steadily climbing and families and friends flocking to the beaches. Another sure sign for Robesonians that summer is upon us is the opening of the Robeson County Famers Market (RCFM)! Officially open since May 7th, RCFM is located in downtown Lumberton at the corner of 8th and Elm Streets and sells locally grown produce every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The famers market features produce and value-add items, such as honey, from local farmers and is a great way to pay into our local economy.

On June 4th, the 8th Annual Robeson County Farmers Market Summer Extravaganza will take place. If you haven’t attended this event before, it’s made possible through the partnership of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, and the RCFM to highlight the markets offerings. There will be delicious samples prepared by Extension staff, free for tasting. These samples will be made from the same produce you can purchase at the market. You will also be able to receive recipes for all the great treats, many focusing on a healthier way to prepare the dish. You might just discover a whole new way to enjoy an old vegetable favorite. We plan to have samples ready from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon or until we run out, whichever comes first!

For more information on the Robeson County Farmers Market or the Summer Extravaganza, please contact Jessie Jones, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 910-671-3276, by E-mail at jessie_jones@ncsu.edu, or visit our website.