Slow Food Upstate SC Earth Market
Beekeeper Charlotte/Carolina Honeybees is a proud participant of the Earth Market Program in Greenville, SC.
This is the first Earth Market held in the United States. Made possible by Slow Food Upstate, the Earth Market movement is a world wide network. It’s focus is to provide quality food at fair prices direct from the producers.
The first market begins in Greenville SC during the Spring of 2014. Becoming an approved Earth Market farm is no small task. Only a small percentage of farms that apply will be allowed to participate. Our Market does not have a large number of farmers. However, our mission is mighty. We offer a sustainable way of farming to the community.
Earth Market Mission
The spirit of the Earth Market revolves around the Slow Food philosophy of community farmers providing real food. Being approved as an Earth Market farmer is an involved process consisting of questionnaires and visits by Slow Food Members.
Carolina Honeybees is proud to be included in this group of impressive farmers. We even enjoyed a visit from one of the members of the Italian Earth Market board. He seem to enjoy our landscape and rolling hills.
Volunteers Are Vital
This Earth Market would not be possible without the tireless effort of volunteers from Slow Food Upstate. An outside market present special challenges.
Working in the variable weather conditions requires stamina. It is a lot of hard, sweaty work. A special thanks goes to Janette Wesley for her encouragement and work on this project. Local Slow Food Upstate members continue the project.)
Thanks to my Dad (James Jones) for making our participation in the first Earth Market in the US possible. My Dad is a great helper. He enjoys promoting honeybees at our local Slow Food Earth Market or any other events !
Support Local Market In Your Area
Please take the time to get out and support the local markets in your area. As small farm disappear, local foods is more difficult to obtain. Small scale farmers focus on quality not quantity.
We can not compete with the big companies on price points but our quality products will impress any consumer of good food. Purchasing products from small farms can make a big impact.
(Update) As Dad’s health declined – we were not able to attend the markets, but we support all the local hardworking farmers . My Dad passed away in April of 2017. I am so grateful that I have my Earth Market memories to share.
Carolina Honeybees continues to educate others on the importance of honey bees. I produce a small amount of premium local honey, beeswax candles and soap. My blog and online beekeeping classes help educate the next generation of beekeepers.