A few more weeks left for the farmers market

Numerous visitors and new vendors continue to attend the farmers market at the Mint Hill Historical Society on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  Last Saturday was the first farmers market in September, the final month of the season.

“It’s been wonderful.  Every year we keep getting more people aware of the farmers market, and it has been great this year,” said Jamie Smith of Smith Nursery and a coordinator of the farmers market.

Smith is at the farmers market every Saturday.  She said a lot of people were coming for the produce, but that has slowed down since the produce season ended.  Her nursery is doing well, though.

“I sold a lot of plants today because September to October is another time to plant,” she said on Saturday.  As the season ends, many of her plants go on sale.  Look for Smith Nursery’s one-gallon plants for $2.50, and others for $2.  Next year she will offer more hand painted signs, handmade birdhouses, granite stools, and plants.  She will also be changing the name of her business to Brook’s Creek in an effort to involve her daughter, Brook.

Tonya Beauvais attended the farmers market as a vendor for the first time last Saturday, and she plans to stay through September.  Beauvais recently received a culinary arts degree and is a baking and pastry arts instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.  She offers various breads and pastries at the farmers market.

“I’m passionate about baking,” said Beauvais.  She has in-depth knowledge of baking as an art and a science.

The Mint Hill farmers market invites visitors and vendors every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm through September.

“I have made so many new friends,” Smith said.  “The farmers market here is family.”

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Local histories for sale at historical society

The Mint Hill Historical Society provides hands-on, environmental learning that includes an entire village of restoration. What visitors may not know is that it also offers reading materials for sale. Residents and visitors inspired by historical learning at the society can continue their education on their own time through books on local history.

The Presbyterian Gathering on Clear Creek by Russell Martin Kerr and Over Flow on Clear Creek are two books for sale through the historical society that focus on the Mint Hill area. The Presbyterian Gathering focuses on the founding of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in the eighteenth century and is for sale for $25.

Over Flow on Clear Creek is a genealogy of descendants of James Flow (1821-1877) and David Flough (ca 1740-1792) of Mecklenburg County. It was written by Ken Flowe and Gail Flowe Honeycutt and is for sale for $55 at the historical society.

Part of the Images of America Series, the Mint Hill picture book provides citizens with a history recorded through photographs. The Mint Hill Historical Society published the book in honor of its twentieth anniversary. It can be purchased at the society or its website at www.minthillhistory.com/Society_News.cfm. For more information about the Mint Hill Historical Society and its literature, call 704-573-0726.

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