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.

 

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Father’s Day Grilling with Market Chef Ric Caine Saturday, June 18

This weekend we celebrate Fathers!  Join us this coming Saturday for our Father’s Day Grilling Event with Market Chef Ric Caine.  Chef Caine will be grilling various cuts of meat sold by our Market Vendors and sharing samples with our customers.  Please plan on joining us for this special event.

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Join us for our 2016 Market Opening on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to kick off our 2016 Market Season.  Our hours are 8AM through 1PM every Saturday though October, providing ample opportunity to meet our vendors and bring home fresh, local seasonal produce, maple syrup, honey, homemade bakes goods, goat cheese and local beef.  Ready to plant?  We have herbs, flowers, shrubs, tomatoes, seeds  and other garden essentials ready to grow!  We add a Wednesday Market in July that is open through September. Our market offerings change weekly, so make us a Saturday morning destination.  See you at the Market!

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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.

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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

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High Country Seed Swap and Growers School and Market Expo 2016

High Country Seed Swap & Growers School
Saturday, 3/12 at Family Central 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, all aspiring and practicing area gardeners are invited to Ashe Family Central (the former Ashe Central High School in Jefferson) to the High Country Seed Swap. The event features a day-long open exchange of seeds, plus a workshop on seed starting and another on apple tree grafting taught by area experts. Beginning at 8:30 AM, gardeners will be able to display their own surplus seeds and view the offerings of others on tables set up in the cafeteria space. The seed swap will continue throughout the morning and early afternoon. A “Totally Tomatoes” workshop taught by Ashe County Extension Agent Travis Birdsell will run from 9:00 AM-10:00. The grafting workshop and fruit-scion-wood exchange will be held from 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM, led by nationally known apple experts Ron & Suzanne Joyner.

Gardeners are encouraged to bring any surplus seeds, bulbs, corms, plants, and fruit scion wood they can to exchange. Seed swaps operate on the honor principle that gardeners will bring what they can this year, grow what they take from this swap, and bring more seeds from their crops to next year’s seed swap.

The Seed Swap takes place in the Community Space (i.e.- former cafeteria) of Ashe Family Central, located at 626 Ashe Central School Rd., in Jefferson, NC (28640). North Carolina Cooperative Extension sponsors the event, with support from the Ashe County Farmers Market (ACFM) and the Ashe County Extension Master Gardener volunteers.

Ron and Suzanne Joyner, of Big Horse Creek Farm in Lansing, teach the grafting workshop. They are nationally known for their conservation and propagation of old Southern Apple varieties. The grafting workshop taught by the Joyners will be hands-on, with participants able to learn with the actual tools of the trade. Apple rootstocks will be available for purchase at the workshop, so if participants choose, they can graft several trees to then bring home and plant themselves (a flat fee of $10 will allow participants to graft up to three fruit trees). Information about collecting scionwood samples for grafting can be found at their website: http://bighorsecreekfarm.com/collecting-scionwood/

The Seed Swap runs on community involvement, from the many gardeners who bring heirloom seeds from their gardens, to the assistance from Extension Master Gardener and Ashe County Farmers Market volunteers who make it run smoothly. Area Extension Agent Richard Boylan notes that the venue has been perfect for the event, but that participation is always crucial to make the event a success, “Ashe Family Central’s Community Space (the old school cafeteria) is a perfect spot for growers from all across the region to meet up and swap seeds in an open exchange. It’s big enough that folks can spread-out, browse seeds, and talk. The more participants who bring seeds to share, the better the Swap will be.”

The event is free and open to all gardeners and farmers in the area. For more information, e-mail richard_boylan@ncsu.edu or call the Watauga or Ashe Cooperative Extension centers at 828-264-3061or 336-846-5850. Concurrent with the Seed Swap, the Ashe County Farmers Market membership gathers to register and prepare for the season. 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. For more information on joining the ACFM, e-mail ashe.county.farmers.market@gmail.com

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Ashe Farmers Market welcomes the new market manager

 

Ashe County Farmers Market welcomes their new market manager starting March 1. Lori Goodman will be taking the market manager job after past market manager, John Smyre, retired from the market.  Following  John’s successful management,  Lori will take the market to new heights and will add some of her own unique flair to make the market continue to improve. She brings a career history of management positions including service in many local government management roles.  A regular at the farmers market since she moved to Ashe county, Lori is already familiar with most of the vendors and appreciates all that the market provides to the local community and businesses. Come meet her at the Expo on March 12th at Family Central and join in the seed swap and apple tree grafting workshop!! Market vendors should come meet Lori and register for their spots for the upcoming market season.

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Ashe Farmers Market Expo and seed swap 2016

The Ashe Farmers Market Expo and seed swap for 2016 will be held March 12th at Ashe Family Central from 8:30 AM til 1 PM.  All market vendors are encouraged to attend to register for their membership and permanent space rentals that day for the upcoming market season. More details concerning the schedule of events for that day will be forthcoming.

 

 

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