Can you imagine a place where farmers grow hundreds of acres of fresh produce, graze cattle, raise shrubs, trees, herbs and bees - create dozens of value added products like Peach Shine Jam and Gourmet Max Patch Pepper Butter - while embodying the character of a rural community?
Welcome to our Haywood County!
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The Buy Haywood Market Development Project is a grant funded initiative designed to support Haywood County farmers, locally grown products, farmland and the preservation of our rich agricultural heritage.
Since its inception in 2007, Buy Haywood has worked to connect our growing base of community-minded consumers with quality Haywood County grown products through a number of outreach initiatives. Our reach extends beyond "local food" to support over 707 farms encompassing roughly 56,212 acres.
Beneath the forested slopes of Cold Mountain in Western North Carolina, Haywood County farmers grow hundreds of acres of fresh produce, shrubs, trees, and other farm products. Thanks to fresh mountain air, excellent soils, and our farmers’ commitment to high quality, these farm products are among the best around.
Unfortunately, our farmers face many challenges, including high prices for fuel and fertilizer, cheaper farm products from foreign countries and elsewhere, and tremendous development pressures.
The Buy Haywood Market Development Project is managed by the Haywood County Economic Development Commission receives support from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA) and community partners like the Haywood Advancement Foundation, Bethel Rural Community Organization, Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, Golden LEAF Foundation, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and others.