Donation Station at the RC Farmers Market
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The N.C. Cooperative Extension of Rutherford County has partnered with the state Local Foods program team and the Rutherford County farmers market to offer the donation stations program monthly at our Saturday farmers market in Forest City. For the remainder of the 2022 market season, we will have the donation station on the third Saturday of July and August.
The donation station is a program that has multiple purposes. Customers at the market are able to donate purchased produce and food products that they buy from farmers’ market vendors, as well as to make financial contributions that the donation station volunteers use to purchase products from the vendors. Additionally, as farmers get close to the end of the market, any produce they have that will not be able to make it to their next market channel or sales point can be donated to the donation station as well in an effort to divert food waste. The goal of the station is to support our producers while diverting possible food waste and nourishing the community.
At each donation station, we partner with a pantry in Rutherford County, and they pick up the produce from the market as the market closes. In May we partnered with Washburns, in June and August we partnered with Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, and in July we’re partnering with Chase Corner Ministries.