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Smithfield Farmers Market receives BCBSNC Foundation grant

Wednesday, April 27, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cindy Verity
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From: The Apex Herald

The Town of Smithfield has received a $5,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation to help support the newly opened and town operated Smithfield Farmers Market.

The focus of the Smithfield Farmers Market is to increase access to healthy, locally grown and produced foods as well as plant and flower materials. This effort also keeps local dollars local, and provides an avenue for local farmers and growers to sell their products close to home. Finally, the Smithfield Farmers Market will be a hub for community gathering, attracting people to downtown Smithfield.

"I’m very proud of the new Farmers Market we have in Smithfield and I am excited to see it come to fruition,” said Mayor Daniel Evans. "It’s yet another positive influence the Town has undertaken that make Smithfield a great place to live and visit.”

Market Manager Tim Johnson agreed.

"The Farmers Market is another avenue we see as a way to improve the quality of life for our citizens and surrounding communities,” he said. "It’s exciting to think about the prospects of bringing locally grown and produced products to one location for the ease of shoppers, which will also boost the local economy….it’s definitely a win-win opportunity for the entire community.”

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians. The Foundation focuses on three key areas: improving health outcomes of populations served by safety net organizations; increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy eating habits; and increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through free trainings and signature programs.

"The Smithfield Farmers Market is aligned with our mission of improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians,” said Kathy Higgins, president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. "What they are doing to positively impact the health of our citizens is critical work and the results of their efforts will help people live healthier lives.”

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The Smithfield Farmers Market will be open on Fridays in downtown Smithfield, in the Town Park, beside the Smithfield Town Hall on Market Street. Hours of operation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday from April 8 to October 28.

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