After a four-year hiatus, we are proud to announce that Norm’s Farms is creating and sponsoring another Elderberry Festival this year! This year’s fest happens on September 21, 2019 from 1:00 until Midnight, includes 7 bands and numerous vendors, and is situated on the lovely grounds of the Oasis Café in Siler City, North Carolina. And its all free to the public!
Siler City is a small North Carolina town experiencing a renaissance fueled by the arts community and the local “Farm to Fork” movement. We chose Siler City to host our Elderberry Festival so we can support the community’s efforts to revitalize their downtown and to bring attention to the Oasis Café, a purveyor of great local food and our Norm’s Farms products.
Siler City traces its roots all the way back to 1750. The town was officially incorporated as Siler City in the late 1800s and by the 1940’s, Siler City was a thriving little town of about 5000, best known for its textile mills, furniture mills and meat and poultry processing plants. Like so many towns, the closure of the mills devastated the local economy. Siler City’s once vibrant downtown became a series of boarded up buildings and residents fled looking for employment elsewhere.
Many of the jobs provided by the poultry processing facilities are considered low paying and dangerous, characteristics often given as the reason that poultry processing employers actively seek immigrant labor. Most of the poultry processing jobs are filled by immigrants from Mexico and countries in Central and South America, and Latinos now account for about 50% of Siler City’s population. Siler City has been working hard to attract other forms of employment so it can diversify its economy for its citizens.