Blue Ridge Farm Direct Market Assn.
The Blue Ridge Farm Direct Market Association (BRFDMA) is an organization of Henderson County Apple Growers that sell fresh apples to the public at farm stands and roadside markets. Henderson County is the home of the NC Apple Festival and Street Fair and one of the leading producer of apples in the Southeast, producing over 85% of the apples grown in North Carolina. Apples remain a $15-24 Mil. annual crop. The county is also a large producer of vegetables ranking 2nd or 3rd in the entire state of North Carolina consistently each year.
The association was original formed in 1985 in cooperation with the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service. The mission of the BRFDMA is to promote Henderson County NC Apples while educating the growers and the public about the apple industry.