Local as a lifestyle

Every Saturday morning from April 1 till October 31 you can show up to Bridge Park in downtown Sylva and purchase in-season fruits and vegetables, along with other year

Mernie Wortham can be spotted selling her natural soap every weekend at the market

round products.  Currently you can find lots of pumpkins, peppers, lettuce, kale, and a few tomatoes and squash which are still toughing out the cold weather.

After nine years the Jackson County Farmers Market is flourishing with the “buy local” motto so many are living by.

Those involved with the market are excited to say they are moving in the direction of allowing customers to shop with food stamps.  This is something new the market is trying out, along with many other farmers markets in NC, in hopes it will provide local food to even more residents. Mernie Wortham, a vendor and board member of the market, says it makes sense to buy and eat fresh food.  She explained how eating local just makes sense.  She expressed her opinions about why we shouldn’t buy food from thousands of miles away when we have

Organic pumpkins and gourds are a popular fall item at the market

fresh and natural products in our back yards.   Wortham has been with the market the entire nine years and is excited to see it growing. Along with the outdoor market, this year they plan to have an indoor winter market.  This will run from November until the spring market begins in April.  The plan is to have the market in an Episcopal church in Sylva near City Lights Café. The Jackson County Farmers Market does not only have fresh foods for sale.  Local honey, hand-made jewelry crafted from gourds and glass work, shrubbery, garden herbs, crocheted oven mitts and wash cloths, goat’s milk soap, cheese, eggs, local beef and pork, and herbal remedies can all be found on a given Saturday.  Freshly made organic coffee is

Hand-crafted Gourd earrings

available to be enjoyed on chilly mornings at the market. Visit the Jackson County Farmers market from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. any Saturday morning.  There are only three more left until this season of the outdoor market closes up.  Support your local farmers and community members today.