Friends of the Greenville Farmers Market has scheduled its second-annual Sustainability Fair for Saturday, Oct.19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibitors from a wide variety of specialties will be available with informational booths, seminars and demonstrations throughout the day at the downtown farmers market site, 2400 Lee St. in Greenville, Tex., just east of the Metroplex. The farmers market is now closed, but the fall market will be opening again later this month. All vendors at the Greenville market are verified local producers, within 100 miles of the market.
This weekend's special event, dubbed "Going Green in Greenville," is planned as one of the year's special events designed to support community and to call attention to green and sustainable topics. Participating firms and groups represent many different fields: Renewable energy, organic gardening, green transportation; others may be less familiar, such as medicinal herbs, permaculture, prepping, community development, and use of earthen & other natural building materials.
Exhibitors will present information on subjects ranging from aquaponics and alternative growing systems, homesteading, rain water harvesting, and off-grid building to maternal care and organic skin care, solar energy, taking control of energy costs, healing arts, and a wide range of additional topics. At least 15 individuals will speak on various topics; open attendance is subject to available space. A schedule of seminars and classes will be uploaded on Oct. 18, according to the organizers.
Exhibitors include the DFW Permaculture Guild, DFW Ecovillage, Center for a Livable World from Stephen F. Austin State University, and North Texas Renewable Energy Group, among many others. A complete list, with contact information, is available by visiting the Sustainability Fair site.
Some vendors will offer their products for sale, including wood-fired pizza and locally-harvested herb seeds. Handbags, aprons, totes and other items made from repurposed linens and fabric scraps by Living Legacy Farms will also be for sale; Food vendors will offer baked goods, local honey and farm-fresh food and produce.
In addition, the Texas Farmers and Gardeners Association plans to operate a bookstore, offering information on organic and sustainable food production, and an heirloom seed exchange is planned at several scheduled times during the day.
The Sustainability Fair is a volunteer project, coordinated by the Friends of the Farmers Market.