Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Teach Seed Saving at the Market

On Saturday, September 23 from 8 am to 12 pm the Ashe County Extension Master Gardener volunteers join us at the market to answer your questions about saving seeds.  Bring in your spent plant heads to learn how to save seeds for next year’s garden.

Ashe County Farmers Market.  Always fresh. Always local.

Wednesday Market Information

Our mid-season Wednesday Market has struggled for many years.  Although we do have a couple of produce vendors who have attended regularly with mid-week produce and several loyal Wednesday market customers, many of our market vendors simply do not have the the time, staff or produce to attend two weekly markets and choose to focus their time and attention on our Saturday market.

In an effort to increase both vendors and customers and revive this market, we decided to try changing the hours of our Wednesday market to 4-6 PM.  The time change did not achieve the results intended.  Consequently, we have abandoned our formal Wednesday market hours and have advised our current market vendors with excess produce who wish to sell mid-week to drop in Wednesday mornings between the hours of 8 am to 12 noon.

Our Saturday market continues to thrive and we have abundant produce weekly from local growers.  The Saturday market remains open through the end of October.

 

Additional Craft Jury Date for New Vendors June 22, 2017

Ashe County Farmers Market Announces Additional Jury Date for Arts and Crafts Vendors on June 22, 2017

The Ashe County Farmers Market (ACFM) is holding a second jury date on June 22, 2017 from 8:00 am until 12 pm at the Ashe County Cooperative Extension Office located at 134 Government Circle in Jefferson for new arts and crafts vendors wishing to join the market.

Potential new vendors interested in joining the Market for the purpose of selling any arts and crafts are asked to drop off samples of their finished crafts for review between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM in the Extension Office Conference Room on the 1st Floor.  No samples will be accepted  after 9:30 am.

Samples must be picked back up following the review process at 12:00 noon the same day, at which time a determination will be available. All decisions are final.

All crafts must be hand crafted and be of excellent workmanship both in quality and design.  Current policies don’t allow machine duplication, machine embroidery, or crafts made from commercial molds or kits, which don’t fall within hand-crafted guidelines.  Craft vendors are only accepted from Ashe County.

Getting arts and crafts juried is only the first step in the process of becoming a new market vendor. Once a craft is approved, new vendor applications and juried crafts are reviewed and considered by the Board of Directors, who reserve the right to make determinations on market membership based on the number of current craft vendors and market product mix to ensure product diversity.

The jury for this event includes non-vendor community volunteers who make their decision based on market policies and judge items based on craftsmanship, artistic merit, aesthetic value and market appeal.  The jury process is anonymous and no names are associated with presented samples.

 

For more information contact Market Manager Lori Goodman at (336) 877-5052.