Umbrella Market is bringing business to local farms

GREENVILLE, N.C.- (WNCT) The Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market is a great place for growing local farms to connect with potential customers. One farmer says the market is boosting her business.

“Supporting the community and the community supporting us,” said Sue Ellen Brock.

Sue Ellen Brock, the owner of Brocks Berries and Produce Farm says she’s thankful for the umbrella market. She started selling her produce there this year, and has seen more people visiting her farm as a result.

“The umbrella market is help bring more exposure to our farm, its bringing out more people, just today we’ve had tons of people come out for the first time so that’s been great. We’ve been meeting new people; we’re meeting new restaurants, and new avenues and opportunities.”

Brock says times have been tough on her family since her husband passed away, but the market has been helpful, attracting people from far distances. Customers also say they enjoy support local businesses and want to know where the products they eat are coming from.

“I think you are getting fewer chemicals in the growing crops and you’re getting a fresher produce that hasn’t been on the shelf for a long period of time or transporting for a long period of time,” said Janice Paris.

Many people agree it’s important to purchase locally grown produce.

“It’s very important for us to be able to maintain an agricultural environment in Greenville and to that we need to help the farmers and by going to the local market downtown or to the farmers to purchase produce we’re helping them stay in business.”

Brock says she’s glad the farm has seen an increase in sales, but there’s still more work to be done.

“We would like to grow this into a bigger business providing more products for the community, fresher vegetables, bringing more people out to the farm so they can actually see what a working farm looks like.”

You can find produce from Brock Berries and Produce Farm every Wednesday at the Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market, or click here for their Facebook.

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