Food Incubator= Great Local Holiday Shopping

Food Incubator= Great Local Holiday Shopping

Farmer and Chef has the pleasure of once again taking part in the annual Blue Ridge Food Ventures Holiday Market on Saturday, December 3rd from 9am-2pm. Coming up on a ten-year run, Michael McDonald, Client Services Mananger at Blue Ridge Food Ventures offers some history and perpective of what a local market like this does for the customers as well as the enterprenuers.

(CSL) Inform us what shoppers can expect find while visiting the market?

(MM) Taking place since 2006, market attendees can expect to find a variety of local goods, including (but not limited to) skin care products, cookbooks, soaps, seeds, jewelry, sweets, trail mix, condiments, hot sauce, chocolate, juices, coconut products, baked goods, sauces, teas, cutting boards, jams/jellies, health bars and seasonings.

(CSL) What do you think vendors like most about particpating?

(MM) Vendors say that they like to participate because it gives them a chance to get their products in front of a new audience, that the market creates buzza around supporting local business during shopping season, and that supporting Asheville’s local entrepreneurial environment, by keeping money in the local economy, is a win-win for everyone. Also, regular vendors have the opportunity to connect with other local entrepreneurs whose goals and activities align with their own, creating stronger bonds within the community.

(CSL) Any plans for the future?

(MM)Just continuing to grow the markert and and offer shoppers diverse local options that show artfully-made artisan products.

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