Western Wake Farmers Market to Open Seasonal Market at UNC Wellness Centers

New Cary Market will Offer Local Food and More on Saturdays from May to November, for All in the Community

April  13, 2015

 Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

CARY, N.C. – A new partnership between UNC Wellness Centers and Western Wake Farmers Market will bring more locally grown and crafted food to residents who live in the fast-growing region. The collective emphasis is to reach everyone in the community, from the farmers to the local community members to those less fortunate who may need assistance through the food bank.

Western Wake Farmers Market will open its second location at UNC Wellness Center at Northwest Cary, 350 Stonecroft Lane. From Saturday, May 2 through November, the market will be open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Market offerings include fresh seasonal produce, flowers, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, eggs, cheeses and meats, as well as coffee, local honey, and crafts. In addition to a wide array of local foods, the market will include a variety of events each Saturday including live chef demos, children’s activities, samples, nutrition and sustainable living education and more.

“UNC Wellness Centers are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our members and our communities,” said Jamy Malialani Albo McGee, health education director with UNC Wellness Centers. “This partnership is a perfect way to reinforce the importance of healthy, local food, while supporting local businesses.”

The mission of Western Wake Farmers Market is for all people in the community to become educated about and benefit from locally grown food.  The Western Wake Farmers Market currently accepts SNAP/EBT at its market in Carpenter Village (101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary) and matches up to $20. The new location at UNC Wellness Center at Northwest Cary will also offer matching SNAP/EBT benefits.

“We are thrilled to partner with a world-class organization to provide this public service to the communities of West Cary. We are leveraging the success of our flagship market at Carpenter Village, and will build on that with the excellent team at UNC Wellness Centers to help families exercise control of their health,” said Jim Pellegrini, president of Western Wake Farmers Market.

On Saturday, May 2, opening day activities will include a cooking demo from Chef Ben Harris from Midtown Grille in Raleigh featuring a seasonal recipe with plenty of samples provided for attendees to try.  Musician Tyler Alderson will offer spring melodies and there will be a fun activity for children in a kids’ tent.

For more information about UNC Wellness Centers, visit www.uncwellness.com/. For more information about Western Wake Farmers Market, visit www.wwfm.ag/.

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