Centre Farmer’s Market is part of Bon Appetit, Appalachia! a new map showcasing the wide spectrum and growing density of Appalachia’s local food economy. Produced by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Bon Appetit Appalachia! lists over 830 locally owned farms, brewers, distillers, restaurants and other food business across Appalachia.
“Appalachia’s local food economy is growing as hundreds of local food entrepreneurs are hard at work,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohi. “The farmers, chefs, brewers, bakers and other food entrepreneurs featured on Bon Appetit, Appalachia! are only a snapshot of what is happening in the Region. We hope that consumers, travelers, researchers and others will use Bon Appetit, Appahachia! to taste, toast and discover Appalachia’s entrepreneurial spirit.”
Centre Farmer’s Market is a growing market located in Centre, Ala., home of beautiful Weiss Lake. The market is open during growing season on Thursday mornings from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and Monday afternoons from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. (until school starts) at the Centre City Park Pavilion. The market features local produce, honey, canned goods and crafts.
“Centre Farmer’s Market has actually been around for quite a few years, but we are hoping to grow the market and make it bigger and better than ever. This year we also hope to feature some special events during the market so stay tuned” said Phyllis Jones, Centre Farmer’s Market Manager.
In addition to the more than 830 food business listed on the Bon Appetit, Appalachia! website Bon Appetit, Applachia! has published an abridged printed version on the map, featuring 161 locations. More than 200,000 copies of the printed map are being distributed through 13 State Tourism Agencies across the Region and as part of a media partnership with Edible Communities. As part of this mass partnership, the printed map is available in 13 regional Edible Community magazines in and around Appalachia. Edible Communities has also produced Backroad Journeys, a monthly podcast on edibleradio.com profiling Bon Appetit, Appalachia! locations to highlight Appalachia’s growing local food economy.
Members of the Appalachia Regional Commission’s Tourism Advisory Council helped identify locations for Bon Appetit Appalachia! Map and website materials were developed by Destination by Design in Boone, N.C. which is also launching a companion social media campaign using #bonappalachia.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) (www.arc.gov) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.