Fresh produce expands at farmers market

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 6:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 6:28 a.m. CDT

More fresh produce is starting to come in at the Cary Farmers Market. The cooler spring and yes, all the rain, has slowed the local harvest. According to vendor Twin Garden Farms in Harvard, their crop of the popular Mirai sweet corn should start coming in after mid-July.

However, the selection of fresh produce is really expanding at the market, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in downtown Cary. We have nearly 30 vendors. R Family Farm sold out of farm fresh eggs in the first 15 minutes of the day last week. They do carry a fabulous selection of farm fresh meats and their brats are a Cary favorite!

Our list of vendors includes: Blessed Roots Farms, Dawn’s Bread, Deanne’s Desserts, Foley Farm Produce, Friends Country Market, Harms Farms, Jeffrey Farms Inc., Knife Sharpening by Kris, Laura’s Kitchen and Mentoring Gardens Market, M. Belle’s Pie & Bake Shop, Mad Discs & Dyes, Magnificent Dips, May’s Honey Farm, Middlebury Farms Inc., Periwinkle Florist , Prairie Pure Cheese, R Family Farm Inc., S & S Garden Center Inc., Soap of the Earth, Something to Bark About, The Cheese People, The Jam Lady, and Twin Garden Farms.

On the first Sundays of the month we add several additional vendors, free massages for shoppers, free shopping bags to the first 100 attendees, a chance to win free bags of farmers market groceries, and outdoor music. Our next special-event Sunday will be on July 7. Come out and shop.

Chamber members have an opportunity to promote their products and services at the Cary Farmers Market by participating as a shopping bag flier sponsor or in the upcoming special one-day mini business expo on July 21. Spots are limited. Call the chamber at 847-639-2800 to participate. Many thanks to our Farmers Market Committee and volunteers: Joe McVicker of Cary Bank & Trust, Chuck Barrett of Frisch & Barrett Insurance, Dave and Deb Evans of Evans Carpet Cleaning Plus, and Rebekah Chisholm of Melaleuca the Wellness Company.

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Registration is under way for the 12th annual Cary Grove Chamber Golf Outing benefiting the Cary-Grove Food Pantry. The event will be held at Cary Country Club on Aug. 23 and has a “Caddyshack” theme. The golf outing is a scramble format with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Teams play best ball and golfers have a chance to win a car, $10,000 cash and other prizes. Proceeds help benefit the food pantry. The golf outing is sponsored by Sage Products Inc., True Value Manufacturing, and the Northwest Herald.

The cost is $125 per golfer or $500 per foursome. The day includes golf, breakfast and lunch, and raffles. Last year, nearly 100 golfers participated. It’s a great way to network and meet local business and community leaders. For information or to register, call the chamber at 847-639-2800 or visit our website at www.carygrovechamber.com.

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July 3 is Red White and Blue Car Night at Cary Cruise Night. Bring the family to downtown Cary for our patriotic theme. Cary Cruise Night is held every Wednesday through August from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on West Main Street. Enjoy great food and refreshments while you’re there from The Tracks, Galati’s, Tapas Calpe, the Jimano’s catering truck and Kona Ice. You can enter the Burger Eating contest hosted by The Tracks – the last challenge had contestants trying to finish their giant Mac & Cheese Burger – and you can enter to win the free raffle for a local dining certificate.

Trophies and ribbons are awarded for theme cars only each week at Cary Cruise Night. To check the schedule, visit www.carygrovechamber.com or visit Cary Cruise Night on Facebook.

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Our Fuel the Chamber Raffle is in full swing. Buy a ticket for $5 and the Cary Grove chamber will pay your home electric bill up to $300, fill up your car with gas up to $200, or give you a $100 local shopping spree if you are one of our grand prize winners. Buy a ticket from a chamber member or stop by our office at 445 Park Ave., Cary.

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Are you a new resident? Stop by the chamber office for your free New Resident Bag. Our business resource center offers a wealth of information on local businesses and resources. We provide a variety of local guides for free, business information, a free chamber shopping bag and more. Chamber members: Be sure your information is in our lobby for the hundreds of local people who walk through our chamber doors each year!

• Suzanne Corr is the executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

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