Agricultural Economic Development
Polk County Tailgate Markets:
- Saluda: A bustling market located up the hill. This market features food vendors from our region selling some of the best tasting and healthiest produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, and more.
- Runs April through October
- Fridays 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Off of W. Main Street, Saluda, NC
- Columbus: Join dozens of vendors each Saturday for an amazing assortment of the region's best homegrown produce, meat, cheese, eggs and more. See amazing arts and crafts and value added products.
- Runs the first Saturday in April through October
- Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon
- On Courthouse Street, Columbus, NC
- Polk Winter Market:
- Shop local produce, meats, greens, baked goods and crafts year round
- Saturdays 9 am to noon November- March
- INSIDE THE RURAL SEED RESTAURANT 322 W. Mills St Columbus, NC
The purpose of the Agricultural Economic Development office is to encourage, support and maintain growing agricultural enterprises in Polk County.
- Marketing Polk County’s agricultural products and services by creating market opportunities.
- Encourage value-added enterprises.
- Identify trends and support services.
- Assist in training and scaling up agricultural businesses.
- Supporting new farmer enterprises through connection and mentoring opportunities
- Encourage expansion of secondary Agricultural businesses such as distribution and marketing, business planning, support business such as dry goods, seeds, implements, equipment, etc.
- Maintaining an appropriate agricultural land base to support a viable agricultural economy in Polk County specifically through Farmland Preservation and other conservation programs
- Encourage value-added enterprises. Identify trends and support services. Assist in training and scaling up agricultural businesses.
The Agricultural Economic Development Office is supported by the Agricultural Advisory Board.
Mill Spring Agricultural Center
Mill Spring, NC 28756
Links to Tools and Resources
- Agricultural Tourism Signs - North Carolina Department of Transportation
Standard Practice A-7
- Interlocal Cooperation - UNC School of Government
- One North Carolina Naturally - North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- North Carolina Department of Commerce - Division of Community Assistance
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
- North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- The Conservation Trust for North Carolina
- North Carolina Land Trusts provided by The Conservation Trust for North Carolina
- American Farmland Trust
- Land Trust Alliance
- Land Loss Prevention Project
- The Trust for Public Land
- The Nature Conservancy
- Institute of Government - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill