Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain invites families in New Bern and surrounding areas to a community dinner for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Provided in partnership with sponsors Toyota of New Bern and Taco Bell, guests are invited to take a break from recovery efforts to have dinner and fellowship and pick up much needed supplies for those who need them, with music provided by CapitalDJ.
WHAT: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain holding Community Dinner. Admission is free.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 6:30pm until 8:30pm
WHERE: New Bern Farmer’s Market, 401 S. Front Street, New Bern
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are 17 Clubs throughout Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Martin, Greene, Carteret, and Craven Counties serving approximately 1,400 members daily and 3,600 yearly. For more information, visit the Clubs online at www.bgccp.com or call 252-355-2345.
The New Bern Farmer’s Market re-opens Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 a.m. thanks in part to the “wonderful Band of Brothers from the 113th Field Artillery of the North Carolina National Guard,” the group said in a news release.
For the near term, The Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Market has been power washed and sanitized, debris has been removed, and up to 70 vendors are ready to meet your needs with local produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items.
Celebrating the re-opening, the 22-person “Craven Ukes” will be entertaining shoppers with many of the old time sing-along favorites.
“Downtown New Bern has made tremendous strides in returning to normalcy,” Farmer’s Market announced. “Restaurants and shop doors are open. Support the Heart of New Bern by coming Downtown to shop, to browse and to dine. The Merchants, Restauranteurs and Shoppers need each other.”
Normally folks come to the New Bern Farmer’s Market to see, to sample and to buy locally grown fresh produce and other farm products, to smell the sweet aroma of fresh baked items and to enjoy the wide array of beautifully hand-crafted items. And that’s the norm!
Along comes Florence who did none of the above and thoughtlessly deposited 4 feet of yucky water. And so…like so many of our fellow Downtown Merchants, the massive clean-up has begun. The clean-up consists of a thorough power washing of all building surfaces, tables, chairs and other contents followed by complete sanitizing of all surfaces to insure that foodstuff and other
products are are not tainted by her rudeness.
This process should be completed early in the week of September 24th and we would hope you will appreciate the refreshed and sparkling New Bern Farmer’s
Market on Saturday, September 29th. Our Saturday hours are 8 a.m. ’til 2
p.m. and 10 a.m. ’til 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Come on by and see our motto in action …MAKE IT, BAKE IT, GROW IT, SEW IT
NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH NEWS | Farmer markets around the state will have another month in the busy summer growing season to figure out how to keep accepting food assistance benefits electronically at their stands.
The National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) announced Thursday it will send a month’s worth of operating funds to technology company Nova Dia Group to keep its MarketLink software running until the end of August, according to a news release sent out Thursday.
The move came just two weeks before 1,700 farmers markets around the county, including 45 in North Carolina, would have to stop accepting the Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT) that many depend on. No permanent solution has been announced.
At farmers markets around North Carolina, the tables are piled high with tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, peaches and more.
But even as the growing season is peaking, some folks who might want to buy will have a harder time bringing those fresh fruits and vegetables home.
That’s because the technology company that currently processes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) benefits at 40 percent of the country’s farmers markets will stop doing so at the end of July.
Left in the lurch in North Carolina are 45 farmers markets, farm stands and mobile markets and the low-income customers that use their SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to buy that produce through a purchasing program that runs off of Apple iPads and iPhones, according to Lisa Misch, a program coordinator who works on food access issues for the Pittsboro-based Rural Advancement Foundation International.