The Uptown Wadesboro Farmers Market wrapped up its season Sept. 28, after a hard year for vendors.
Julian Swittenberg II, director of Uptown Wadesboro, said that there is evidence going back as far as 2009 of the farmers market, but it could have started earlier.
Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. hosts the market for local vendors. Swittenburg said that they also provide tables and advertising.
“This year was hard on the vendors, so we only had one to three vendors per week to show up,” Swittenburg said. “There have been five or more in past years per week.”
The goal of the market, Swittenburg said, is to provide a convenient place serving local produce to Wadesboro residents.
The vendors, mostly from Anson County, bring a lot of vegetables — and okra and green tomatoes are often requested items, he added.
“We also have had USDA meats, jewelry and baked goods offered,” Swittenburg said. “We mainly want vendors from Anson County and the produce must be home-grown by the vendor.”
Swittenburg said that the market has a lot of walk-up traffic, but sometimes the vendor does not have what the customer is looking for.
“Some of our vendors this year had both medical and family issues, which precluded them from attending,” Swittenburg said. “I am not sure of the impact since I clean up.”
There were some weeks where there were no vendors. Swittenburg said that he did not know how many people stopped by on those weeks.
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