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Ag continued

As the housing industry boomed in Union, farmers
seized upon opportunity. Union County agriculture has
become a major force in the “green industry” supplying
ornamentals, turf, shade trees, and flowers to meet
the demand for landscape materials. At present that
segment of agriculture produces over $17 million dollars
of farm income annually, ranking 10th in NC.
In recent years, a growing segment of agriculture
has been the result of the increased interest in “local
food”. As consumers become more aware of their food
sources and its impact on their health and lifestyle,
they are seeking a closer relationship with producers.
Terms like organic, heirloom, farm-fresh, and artisan
are becoming a part of a growing food movement and
yet another marketing opportunity for Union County’s
farmers. During the 5-year span of the ag census, locally
sold direct marketed foods for consumption more than
doubled.

Farmer’s Market

Local vendors offer homegrown produce, plants, baked goods
and more. Open Saturdays (April – December) 8:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. and Saturdays (January – March) 10:00 a.m. to 1:00
p.m.; Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (seasonal).
Located at 805 Skyway Drive, Monroe; 704-283-3626. Visit
the Union County government website, www.co.union.nc.us/
LivingHere/FarmersMarket for more information.

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