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Mumbo Gumbo: Get Fresh


BY CATHY HORTON



Green Acres is the place to be...but if you aren't living in the lap of farm luxury, head on down to the 1st Annual 7th Avenue Organic Market and get the next best thing to your own home-grown produce.

As a special event of the famous North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, the market will be held on Sunday, September 5, from 11-5 right in front of the historic train depot. Tara Ledbetter, Executive Director of the Historic 7th Avenue District says, "Our goal is to showcase organic gardeners in our area."

With the whole "local is better" philosophy in mind, the market has been opened up to anyone who grows or produces all natural products and uses organic methods in their farming practices. They do not have to be certified "Organic" (which entails a mind-numbing array of bureaucratic requirements) but they do have to follow organic principles...in a nutshell, this means no synthetic chemicals, no genetically modified seeds, etc. Basically, it's farming like your great grandfather did. And he lived to be 107.

There will be vendors selling fruit, meats, dairy products and cheese as well as loads of summer vegetables. Plenty of free parking will be available and, if you haven't walked 7th Avenue, it has become a great dining destination as well as a walk back in Henderson County time. Take a few minutes to enjoy the Apple Valley Model Railroad display (which children go bonkers over) before loading your cooler with all those healthy veggies.

On this Labor Day weekend, enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor...grown locally, and organically, with love.





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