A new destination
FOREST CITY— Flowers, crafted wares, banana bread and rainbow trout were just some of the items sold during the opening of the Rutherford County Farmers Market on Saturday.
The market opened at its new location on Depot Street in Forest City at 8 a.m. with a variety of vendors. The market will now be open every Tuesday and Saturday and new Market Manager Brenda Watson hopes it continues to grow.
"We want it to be a place where people come and meet friends," Watson said. "We want it to be a destination for Saturday mornings."
The market was moved to Depot Street three weeks ago after Rutherford County and the Town of Forest City entered an interlocal agreement to move the facility to the Florence Mill project area. Vendors for the market can bring their own tables or rent a table. Fees are the same as last year, $5 per day or $50 for the season.
"We want to add some music and have local bands come out," Watson said. "We also hope to add some kid's activities where we can teach them to eat healthy and get into gardening."
Pie contests will be held beginning Saturday, May 3 and others will be June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. A pasta festival will be July 19, a tractor show on Aug. 16 and a harvest celebration on Oct. 18.
An official grand opening of the market will be June 21.
For more information and to rent vendor space, call the Rutherford County Cooperative Extension at 828-287-6010.