Important 2017 Dates

Mark your calendars!

The 2017 Market Expo and Seed Swap is Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm at Family Central located at 626 Ashe Central School Road in Ashe County.  Returning vendors must attend to reclaim their space and pay 2017 vendor dues.  New vendors may also complete vendor applications at this event.  More information will be posted closer to the March event.

Our Craft Jury Date is Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Office located at 134 Government Circle in Jefferson.  Crafts must be dropped off between 8 am and 9:30 am for consideration.  All new craft vendors interested in joining the market must have their crafts juried as a first step in the application process.  In order to maintain the desired product mix and to ensure the market remains focused on produce, the Market Board of Directors has the final decision as to whether a new vendor may join.  For more information on our policies please refer to our Policies and Procedures under Vendor Forms.

In the event of bad weather, the snow date is Monday, February 27, 2017.

2017 Opening Day is April 15, 2017.

2016 Holiday Market Dates

Get your jolly on at one of our 2016 Holiday Markets scheduled on Saturday, November 19th, 26th and December 3rd from 9 am to 1 pm.  Our holiday markets are a great place to purchase fresh, local wreaths and handmade greenery, homemade baked goods, popcorn, skincare items, local jams, jellies, and honey.  Seeking a special gift item?  Our artisans have you covered with a great selection of handcrafted pottery, wood crafts, hand knitted scarves, hats and mittens, jewelry and photography.

See you at the Holiday Market!

Market Seeks New Grower/Producer Vendors for the 2017 Market Season

The Ashe County Farmers Market is looking for vendors of quality farm products for the 2017 Market season.  Growers/producers living and farming in counties adjoining Ashe County, including Allegheny, Wilkes, Watauga, Grayson, VA and Johnson County, TN are eligible to apply for membership.  If you grow or produce quality farm products and are interested we encourage you to visit us before the end of October to see what we offer.  Our market brings in 350 – 500 people on average every Saturday looking for fresh, local farm products.  (Please note that our Market accepts craft vendors from Ashe County only.)

Contact Market Manager Lori Goodman at 336-877-5052 or send an e-mail to lgoodman@skybest.com to learn more about our Market and how to apply.

Interested in becoming a vendor at our Market? Here are some things you should know…..

Arts and Crafts Vendors

All arts and crafts must be juried prior to sale and you must be a resident of Ashe County. Jurying is typically an annual event held in March.  Our next jury date will be in March of 2017.  Arts and crafts guidelines are in our Policies and Procedures.  See Vendor Forms. The Board of Directors makes the final determination regarding which new vendors will join our market following the jury process.

Growers and Producers

We are always seeking new growers and producers who reside in one of the following counties:  Ashe, Watauga, Alleghany, Grayson County, VA and Johnson County, TN.  All produce must be grown by the vendor.  Absolutely no resale of any product is allowed.  We currently do not have any space under our shelter, however, we do have room on what we refer to as our “grassy area” where you can join other vendors who ‘bring their own shade’. Before you can sell, you must complete all the vendor paperwork and pay a $50 member fee.  Drop in rates are $10.00 each Saturday you sell.  We also have a Wednesday Market beginning July 6.  Vendors must arrive by 7:30 and stay until our 1:00 pm closing.  For more information contact Market Manager Lori Goodman at (336)877-5052.

 

ACFM Revised Policies and Procedures are Now Available

The Ashe County Farmers Market Policies and Procedures have been revised effective March 2016 and are now available on the Website under Vendor Forms.  Current and new vendors should familiarize themselves with these new policies, which will also be available in hard copy at the High Country Seed Swap and Market Expo Saturday, March 12 at Family Central in Ashe County.

Important change at the Ashe County Farmers Market

This year, the Ashe County Farmers Market welcomes (for the first time) farmers from adjacent counties (Johnson, TN; Grayson, VA; Wilkes, NC; Alleghany, NC; and Watauga, NC). Growers producing homegrown edible farm goods (i.e.-fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, etc.) may apply during the Seed Swap. The market is NOT open to craft vendors from outside Ashe county. For more information on joining the ACFM, e-mail ashe.county.farmers.market@gmail.com