During the summer and fall of 2016, UT Extension was able to form a partnership with the McEwen Farmers Market under a shared objective – to increase the sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. With this partnership, large signs were purchased and placed throughout the county to attract those in neighboring towns. The farmers graciously supplied produce for food demonstrations, while Ashley Horton from UT Extension, prepared and gave samples to customers. Along with the free samples, customers were also given information about Be More and a copy of the healthy recipe they were sampling.
Jerry Pangle, from Pangle’s Produce and the McEwen Farmers Market, said that this partnership was a success and that the Be More grant has proven helpful for their business. He remarked that the partnership promotes the McEwen Farmers Market, promotes UT Extension and Be More, and helps customers eat healthier; a win-win for everyone. He also stated that the samples allowed customers to try unique produce that people are not accustomed to seeing or eating – such as Bok choy, kohlrabi, and grilled (instead of fried) okra. The samples were well-received by customers and vendors. Mr. Pangle made a comment that this is something he would like to see in nearby counties to help promote the market and help people make healthier choices.
McEwen Farmers Market is a great asset to Humphreys County. They are currently closed for the winter season but will re-open in the spring. The market is located at 9760 Hwy 70 E in McEwen – between McEwen Church of Christ and Exit Realty. Hours are Fridays from 3-7 and, during the summer months, they also open on Tuesday from 3-7. Like their Facebook page to stay up-to-date: https://www.facebook.com/McEwenFarmersMarket/