Farm-fresh food is just around the corner! Holly Springs Farmers Market Coordinator Shelia Stanton gave an overview of the upcoming season at the April 1 Holly Springs Town Council meeting.
The eighth season of the Town farmers market begins May 3 with a ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m. The market is open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 3 through Oct. 11 in the E. Center Street public parking lot downtown.
“Your favorites will be back, and we've added more food and landscaping,” Stanton said, adding that this year’s market is all about produce, meats, baked breads and farm-related products, including homemade ice cream.
Sixty free family-friendly events are planned, including live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and talks by the Holly Springs Garden Club. The annual chili cook-off and Taste of Holly Springs also will be part of this year’s market.
Stanton thanked farmers market sponsors, including Blue Ribbon Sponsor GMA Supply.
The Holly Springs Farmers Market was voted the state’s favorite in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, it was ranked among the 25 most celebrated farmers markets in the nation. Last year, 16,000 people visited the market, and sometimes vendors sold out before the end of the day.
Click here for more information on the Holly Springs Farmers Market.
Also at the meeting, the father of Boy Scout David Griffith who is working on raising funds for building a War on Terror memorial at Veterans Park addressed the council. He said about $6,000 still needs to be raised. Personalized bricks for the memorial are being sold to raise funds. While bricks will continue to be sold, bricks included at the park in time for the memorial's dedication ceremony June 14 must be purchased by April 15. Click here to go to the memorial’s fundraising website.
The council approved rezoning 3.18 acres off Newspaper Way in the Holly Springs Business Park from Research & Technology to Business & Technology Conditional Use. Staff said the Business & Technology zoning allows for professional offices, more than just industrial uses as allowed in the Research & Technology zoning.
Mayor Dick Sears noted the Holly Springs Police Department rabies vaccination clinic April 12. Click here for more information about the clinic. Sears also noted the need to practice crosswalk safety.
Councilwoman Cheri Lee asked for an update on progress improving crosswalk safety at the intersection of Avent Ferry and Cass Holt roads. She said that vehicles on Cass Holt turning right were not yielding to pedestrians. Staff said they’ve been working with NCDOT on the issue.
Senior Project Manager Daniel Weeks discussed upcoming activities in Town, including the Spring Fling April 12 at Sugg Farm Park. The event includes a yard sale, children’s activities and an egg hunt at noon. Click here for more information about the event.
Weeks reminded councilmembers that on April 14, garbage and recycling schedules for some Town residents are changing to improve the efficiency of waste collection by Waste Industries. Affected residents should receive postcards from Waste Industries in the mail, and a map of the new schedule is available online. Click here for more information.
Weeks also invited councilmembers to participate with Town employees in a May 2 event to remember former Town Manager Carl Dean, who passed away a year ago. After a ceremony dedicating the Bass Lake greenway to Dean, employees and councilmembers can walk the greenway to the picnic shelter at Bass Lake Park for lunch.
“We wanted to do something we thought Carl would appreciate and at the same time be respectful of this occasion,” Weeks said.