We are real people and we are all local!
Please enjoy the slide show displaying a few of our Market Vendors. Below the slides, you will find a contact list for all vendors who choose to participate in our website. Union County Farmers Market currently has 60+ vendors selling within the market. Peak season we average 10 vendors on weekdays and 30 on Saturday market days. Please check back as this listing of vendors will surely grow.
"New life has been injected into the Union County Farmer’s Market! Each week I see post after post of the full-house of vendors that are showing up to share their locally made and locally grown products with the citizens of Union County. Fresh paint has been added to the exterior, new tables have been added for the vendors, and even a park bench has been placed under a tree near the flower box where customers can take a rest while shopping! Being a part of the NEW Union County Farmer’s Market and watching it grow is very exciting and I can’t wait to see what is next!" -Theresa Byers, Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Why Shop Local?
Union County Farmers Market is a local only producer market. What this means to you is that all vendors selling in our market are local to Union, Anson, Stanly counties with a 15 mile buffer around those communities. These areas are defined by the counties our local Agricultural Agent is responsible for. When you shop with us, you are truly shopping local!
8 Great Reasons
- Local Foods taste better and are more nutritious
Food that is stored and travels long distances loses flavor, nutrients, vigor, and value. The average fresh food item in America travels 1500 miles and is stored for up to two weeks.
- Local Foods support Local Farmers.
It is no surprise that small farms are diminishing and being replaced with large, commercial and factory modeled operations. The increase in land cost/value and the access to cheap commercial products have greatly reduced a small growers chance of being profitable There are very few tax, land, purchasing, and operational benefits for small scale farms. By buying locally, you take out the middleman and offer the farmer a retail value for his/her products.
- Local Foods promote healthy lifestyles.
Getting out and to a farm or farmer's market is an educational and physical experience that is more likely to modify eating and promote physical activity. Children and families are taught about weather, seasons, biology, soils, marketing, hard work, and communication.
- Local Foods build communities.
By knowing who produces your food, you and the community build closer relationships that are more likely symbiotic and beneficial to the whole. Local Foods can increase interest in schools, housing, community gatherings, regulations, faith and culture.
- Local Foods preserve the landscape and open spaces.
If we wish to enjoy the country, open land, green pastures, trees, and wildlife then we must give some incentive for small farmers and land owners to preserve the open land. As it is now, farms are being forced out of this region due to the high taxes, limited land to purchase, high cost of utilities, and urban sprawl. Buying local foods puts the value of the farm's land back in the farmer's hand and cuts out the cost of transportation to distant markets and waste of unsold products.
- Local Foods conserve energy, petroleum, and natural resources.
Even organic foods in grocery stores typically come from California, Mexico, and Florida. The increased use of fuel to move our food 1500 miles is also driving the supply of oil down and the price up.Small farms typically have simple packaging, smaller equipment, and have to be more resourceful with their materials. Therefore, local foods are also preserving our natural resources.
- Local Foods increase genetic diversity.
Large scale agriculture focuses on a few hybrid varieties in mass quantities. This limits the access to diverse foods and minimizes genetic diversity. Small, local farms focus on a large variety of crops to develop better flavor, appearance, and growth habits. Greater variety = less pests and chemical control.
- Local Foods keep taxes in check and builds the local economy.
For every $1 in revenue from residential development and housing the government spends $1.17 in support and services. For every $I of revenue from a farm the government spends $0.34. This means more money for our local economy and less uncontrolled spending from our government (aka-Lower Taxes)
Adapted from Growing for the Market by Vern Grubinger
Union County Farmers Market accepts applications from local growers, producers, bakers, cheesemakers, and artisans from Union, Anson, and Stanly counties, including a buffer zone of 15 miles around those communities. We encourage you to print out an application and return it to the Market during business hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so that we may greet you in person and answer any potential questions you may have. Clicking the PDF icon will open up the vendor application packet.
Tuesday & Thursday: 12pm - 6 pm
Saturday: 8am - 2pm