Farmers’ Market plans in full swing

The Knox County Farmers’ Market Board would like to congratulate everyone on a very successful first season of the Knox County Farmers’ Market! Thanks to everyone who pulled together to make the Market a success!

As we begin to look ahead to the 2015 growing season, we wanted to share some news and events. The KCFM has now incorporated as a nonprofit organization “to provide an opportunity for local food and craft producers to market high-quality products directly to the consumer.” We hope to continue with great partnerships this upcoming season.

In order to expand access to fresh, local produce in Knox County, the KCFM has acquired an EBT (food stamps) machine and will be starting a new program that will allow vendors to accept EBT sales.

Customers will run their EBT card at the information table for a specified amount, be given tokens to spend at vendor booths, and then tokens will be turned back in at the end of the market to the information booth. Vendors will then be paid by check or direct deposit for the sales they generated.

We are pleased to update you on the progress of the “Local Foods, Local Places Grant” through the city of Barbourville. We have started the process of conference calls with federal officials and are working on setting a date for a community forum to discuss possibilities for local foods in Knox County and beyond and opportunities for a downtown farm store establishment that could connect customers with local farmers and craftspeople. We are currently gathering a list of community partners that might be involved with the process, so if you or your community group would like to help with this project, please contact Kathryn Engle and we will make sure you are on the list. The community forum should be sometime in June, so please be on the lookout for more information.

Kathryn Engle

Lend-A-Hand Center

Grow Appalachia Site Coordinator

859 893-0947