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Brunswick Brief
Farmer's Market

New vendors and high community attendance have boosted the growth of The Bolivia Brief Farmers Market for this 2015 season. Since the opening of the market in April, the addition of four new vendors has brought about more variety in produce, plants, eggs, and baked goods. Market managers are grateful for the new contributions and are excited for how the market is growing in their third year of operation. “This market is different from a lot of other markets because vendors have to sell food in order to sell other products,” says Mark Blevins, one of the market managers. “So if you’re looking for local foods and a chance to get to know your farmer, check out The Bolivia Brief Farmers Market.” Every Thursday from 11am-2pm market vendors set up tents and tables to display their local produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, herbs, cut flowers, and more at the Government Complex in Bolivia. Employees from the complex as well as community members in the county come out to purchase locally and help support their neighborhood farmers. Buying local has many benefits including more flavor and nutrients in the food, support of the local economy and environment, and promotion of a safer food supply. One of the best parts of buying at a farmers market is getting to meet the person growing your food. Many people get overwhelmed or intimidated at markets but one thing they should know is that the farmers and vendors are happy to talk with them about what they are selling, how and where it was grown, and even give ideas on how to use a food in a new recipe. A market is a great place to learn about new ways of preparing produce and to experiment with new varieties of produce. Brunswick County is flourishing with local foods and farmers markets with five open this year: The Bolivia Brief Farmers Market, Waterfront Market in Downtown Southport, Oak Island Farmers Market, Shallotte Farmers Market, and the newest – Boiling Spring Lakes Farmers Market. Location and schedule for each of these markets can be found on the Feast Down East website.

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Brunswick County 4-H Fair

SAVE THE DATE! October 10th, 2015 will mark the date of the third annual Brunswick County 4-H Fair, featuring entries from Brunswick County youth in the following categories; Livestock, Small Animals, Horticulture, Project Posters, Club Displays, Public Presentations, Talent MORE »

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Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

On Monday, August 10, 2015 from 1-2pm local residents can bring their pressure canner gauges to be checked at the Extension office in Bolivia (NC Cooperative Extension – Brunswick County Center – Building MORE »

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Mark Blevins Receives Achievement Award Greensboro, NC – June 26, 2015 – The North Carolina Association of County Agricultural Agents recognized Mark Blevins as a recipient of their Achievement Award on June 17 MORE »

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