Foundations of Farming in Franklin County

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BY: Pat Walker

Franklin County Farmers’ Market Manager

I was asked a few months ago by a beloved lady in our small town to write about the foundations of farming in our county. Her great concern is that we have forgotten the very ones that cleared the fields which produced the bountiful harvest that sustained the founders of Franklin County. Who made the paths we now call streets? Who drove the teams of oxen, mules and horses that pulled the lumber from the sawmills to build the stores and homes that opened the gate for the birth of small towns? Busy days of running to and from can make it easy to forget what really wasn’t that long ago. The farmer comes in all age groups. Some are just starting while others have spent a lifetime tilling the soil. There is great joy in introducing one to the other. One of the first comments from the veteran farmer is, I learn something new every year.

The Franklin County Farmers’ Market offers a great opportunity for all farmers. You may produce many different varieties of veggies or just a select few. If you enjoy turning your harvest into jams, jellies or pickles, that works. Fresh baked pies and breads are sought out by many shoppers. Some vendors love making crafts, especially around the holidays. The market shelter makes for a gathering place of farm and city. Some growers, bakers, and artists along with the variety of shoppers that are our neighbors turn the market into a community. Fresh, locally grown Franklin County produce which supplies our market is grown by Franklin County farmers, who have cleared the fields and gathered the harvest to bring down the streets of the town to set up under a shelter to offer produce that’s so fresh you feel like it’s still growing.

Stop by and put a smile on a local farmer’s face while visiting the Franklin County Farmers’ Market located in Shannon Village Shopping Center, Louisburg. Open Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 a.m.

Many thanks for supporting your local farmers.