Stokes Future, a weekly farmers market initiative in the Danbury area aimed at combating food desert issues and helping local farmers and craftsmen pool their resources, was recently awarded $2,500 through the NC AgVentures grant program.
“We are very thankful for it,” said Ronda Jones, who has helped lead the Stokes Future initiative. “We could have gotten up to $20,000.”
She said they had hoped to use the funds to purchase a concessions trailer to make it easier and safer for vendors to sell their wares.
“It would have been about five times the amount we were awarded,” said Jones. “So we are going back and doing some re-evaluation. We will most likely use the funds now to go toward a trailer, but it will be a storage type trailer which will make it easier for us to set up and break down the market.”
For the past several years the market has been set up under tents in front of Pioneer Community Hospital on Fridays.
Jones said the group would continue to seek funding for other improvements they hope to make with the market.
“We want to be able to accept EBT and credit cards, but it all takes money and time,” she said. “But we will keep trying and we will be better this year than last year.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.